PETER CROUCH: Convicted? The Spurs go to the first four

<pre><pre>PETER CROUCH: Convicted? The Spurs go to the first four

Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

They are condemned. They must be. Tottenham did not make a signature in the transfer window so the season should be canceled, here and now.

How can you expect to progress or expect to be seen as ambitious without recruitment? The question has been asked a lot since the deadline on Thursday at 5 p.m., mainly by those who seem to be more excited about the deals in the market instead of what happens in the field.

Of course, it is unusual that Tottenham did not make an addition, but there is another way of looking at things: the one that says that he has just completed three of the most important months in his recent history and put an end to an old tendency.

The Tottenham I grew up seeing – and the club where I played – was always associated with the sale. Every time they had a top-level interpreter, it was always a matter of when & # 39; no & # 39; if & # 39; they were going to charge and take the money.

Think about it: from Chris Waddle, who went to Marseille in 1989, and Paul Gascoigne, who Lazio bought three years later, to Michael Carrick (2006), Dimitar Berbatov (2008), Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart (both 2012). and Gareth Bale (2013), the star man always was.

Then, according to that logic, Harry Kane (above) should have gone this year. He's at Bale's level now, he's the emblem of the team. He would also command a fortune in this market, well beyond £ 150 million. Old Tottenham would have entered into negotiations and would have discharged it to the highest bidder.

Tottenham ended an old trend this summer by refusing to sell his star man - Harry Kane

Tottenham ended an old trend this summer by refusing to sell his star man - Harry Kane

Logically, Kane would have gone this summer as he is now at the level of Gareth Bale

Logically, Kane would have gone this summer as he is now at the level of Gareth Bale

Tottenham ended an old trend this summer by refusing to sell his star man – Harry Kane

Instead, Tottenham has used the 13 weeks since the last game last season to link Kane to a long-term contract, the most lucrative in its history. I do not care what they say; They could not have made a better signature than that in the window.

But he did not stop there. Mauricio Pochettino, the manager who has been at the heart of Tottenham's progress, has been rewarded with an excellent long-term contract, as well as Son Heung-Min, a forward to whom I have great esteem: Davinson Sánchez, Erik Lamela and Michel. Vorm.

Aside from that, moves have been made to get new business for Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, while Toby Alderweireld, for the moment at least, and Moussa Dembele are still in White Hart Lane.

Those are not the actions of a club that lacks ambition nor does it tell me they are condemned. From what I can see, Tottenham is ready for another good season and simply because they were not caught in the chaos the last day does not mean problems.

I can understand why they wanted to sign Jack Grealish. It was a deal that made sense. He is a talented young Englishman and his profile suggests that he would have flourished under the guidance of Pochettino. If the problem had been solved, I could have seen it pressing for a senior cap.

However, what you must remember is that Daniel Levy has a focus on negotiations that will not change. He will never pay on the odds. He has a reputation for making deals at the last minute, but only if he thinks they make sense. That's why he's such a successful businessman.

So, although it's strange to see them become the first club since 2003 that does not make an incoming transfer, I still expect them to be in the top four next May. When they return home to White Hart Lane, I can see them take off again.

Daniel Levy has an approach that will not change ... he will never pay for a player's odds

Daniel Levy has an approach that will not change ... he will never pay for a player's odds

Daniel Levy has an approach that will not change … he will never pay for a player's odds

I would not go so far as to say that they are now the best club in London. For all the good work of the last four years, they still can not match Chelsea and Arsenal in trophies, and that is something that should be changed in the future. The players I have listed, and the manager, want to be winners.

And do not think that the beginning of the campaign will be without problems. They had so many players involved in the last stages of the World Cup that there is going to be a hangover, simply because of what they lost in the preseason.

You can do all the running and gym sessions you want, but the only thing that prepares you for a football game is football matches. I've seen it firsthand with Jack Butland. He only had one game before the season started after going to Russia with England this summer.

If you suddenly expect the Tottenham to collapse in a pile because they did not make a signature, you will be wrong. There are ways to strengthen a team and what they have done this summer is to strengthen from within.

If you need proof, just look at your attack: there you will find the man who left the World Cup as the winner of the Golden Boot.

I WAS 15 YEARS AGO IN LEEDS!

It was really revealing to return to the Championship with Stoke. The last time I played at that level was for Norwich in a game at Millwall in December 2003, and somehow I felt like I had returned 15 years on Elland Road.

I do not want it to look like a criticism because it is not; I was really impressed by the intensity and physicality of the Championship. I only appeared during the last 15 minutes, but I loved the aggression of the contest against Leeds.

The Premier League has certainly become more refined lately and the referees take drastic measures against anything. We have become much more European in the way the game is played at the highest level and party officials rush to suppress and offer protection.

Playing in the Championship with Stoke last week, I felt I had returned 15 years ago

Playing in the Championship with Stoke last week, I felt I had returned 15 years ago

Playing in the Championship with Stoke last week, I felt I had returned 15 years ago

I was impressed by the intensity and physicality and by the British style that I saw growing

I was impressed by the intensity and physicality and by the British style that I saw growing

I was impressed by the intensity and physicality and by the British style that I saw growing

But that was not the case last week. Some of the tackles I saw entering, for example, would definitely have been red cards in the top division, but they were only punished with fouls. And some challenges that I expected to end with reservations were not even penalized.

This was the British style that I grew up with and honestly it was not a problem. I'm going to enjoy it! But it was a valuable lesson in how the season is going to be and we need to prepare for more afternoons of this nature.

Elland Road bounced and the atmosphere was bright. All the credit for Leeds because they did not allow us to settle for a minute. They were a young team that charged and nobody presented complaints about the result. We deserved to lose. Now that we know what awaits us, we must adapt quickly. We can not allow a defeat like that to happen again.

JACK DID NOT GET HIS MOVEMENT … NOW FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF COUTINHO

The new transfer deadline has caused a lot of debate and there have been many criticisms about the early closing of the window.

But it is now closed and for those players who have been the target of great interest but have not achieved their movements, they must forget everything that has happened in recent weeks and concentrate on the importance of playing.

I've been in locker rooms with boys who thought they were going somewhere but ended up staying. Stories do not always come out, but it seems to happen every year that someone thinks they're leaving alone for things to fall apart.

Not for a minute do I think that Harry Maguire or Jack Grealish of Aston Villa sulks, but they will think about what might have been, having been persistently linked with Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.

I do not think for a moment Jack Grealish got angry after missing a move to Tottenham

I do not think for a moment Jack Grealish got angry after missing a move to Tottenham

I do not think for a moment Jack Grealish got angry after missing a move to Tottenham

Philippe Coutinho is a good example, as he rubbed shoulders in Liverpool before moving

Philippe Coutinho is a good example, as he rubbed shoulders in Liverpool before moving

Philippe Coutinho is a good example, as he rubbed shoulders in Liverpool before moving

However, the worst thing anyone can do is go on strike or stay away from training camp. There is absolutely no mileage in showing disagreement. You do not get anything to show a lack of respect towards the club that employs you and you will hardly get excited about the team that wants to buy you.

If you want an example of how to overcome a blocked transfer, look at Philippe Coutinho. Everyone knew that he wanted to join Barcelona this time last year, but he lowered his head and played well for Liverpool. A few months later the circumstances were correct.

Clubs do not tend to lose interest in the players they pursue. What they want to see is the form that caught their attention in the first place, continue. I have no doubt that Maguire and Grealish will show in the next 12 months why they have been so sought after.

It's a strange feeling to watch from the outside while the Premier League is getting under way, but my enthusiasm for the new season is still as strong as ever. We chose our fantasy teams and we have a league in Stoke.

The opening match is like no other. From the moment you cross the door on the first day of training, everything is ready to be ready by mid-August. You do double sessions, you spend time in the gym and you play friendly and everything is centered in one 90 minutes.

There is so much adrenaline pumping that you tend to have many goals and crashes everywhere and my only hope for the year is that we get more surprise results and the race for the title does not turn into a procession.

I still have vivid memories of losing 4-0 to Chelsea 10 years ago on my debut in Portsmouth

I still have vivid memories of losing 4-0 to Chelsea 10 years ago on my debut in Portsmouth

I still have vivid memories of losing 4-0 to Chelsea 10 years ago on my debut in Portsmouth

Getting three points on the board immediately is fantastic, but I have experienced the other side of the coin and one of my most vivid memories is losing 4-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in my debut with Portsmouth 10 years ago.

We just received a kick that day and arrived thinking that Deco, who also made his debut with Chelsea, was going to be one of the best players we had seen in England!

What happens on the first day, clearly, is not a sign of how things will turn out!

MY WEEK

WHO HAS TRAPPED MY EYE … MORGAN GIBBS-WHITE

We played Wolves in a preseason game and I was very impressed by this midfielder's skill in the ball. He was part of the England U-17 team that won the World Cup last October. Keep it guarded. He is another promising young English talent.

WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING …

I went to see The Hunna, a rock band that has been around for a couple of years. They were very good. I got to see a lot of live music during the summer and the Isle of Wight Festival was epic.

Going back to the pre-season rhythm was not easy. I have experienced many of them over the years and, although you know what is coming, it is not easier. This was as difficult as I have known it.

NEXT FOR MY …

It's our first home game of the season on Saturday against Brentford and we're looking to make Bet365 Stadium count. But it will not be easy.

Brentford had the biggest win of the opening weekend and they are on an upward curve. The way they have developed over the last few seasons has been very impressive.

WHAT I'M LISTENING …

My man of the moment is Gerry Cinnamon. He is a Scottish artist without a contract, but I was watching one of his sets of the TRNSMT festival on YouTube and the crowd he had was amazing. Sometimes it's my favorite song, but I also like Belter. Listen to him, he is excellent.

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