Losing Modric is a huge blow, no doubt but if we can get 35 million pounds for him I think its a good move Spurs can’t afford to scoff at. We still need a dependable striker and we have the creative talent to move around to fill in the gaps Modric’s departure will inevitably create. dos Santos remains a mercurial talent whom we should not give up on quite yet since hes still a baby.
If we sell Modric for 35 million you can expect 75-80% of that at least to be spent on a top quality striker before the summer is out. With the emergence of Sandro toward the tail end of last season we can hope for another Bale-like improvement from a player who until recently was at most a squad player. Sandro is a major upgrade as defensive midfield over the hard nosed but limited Wilson Palacios. Between Sandro, the oft-injured but solid Huddlestone, an emergent Danny Rose, Steven Pienaar, Van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon, Palacios and of course Bale, Spurs have a solid stable of midfielders. Assuming (praying) they sell Robbie Keane, David Bentley, Defoe and maybe one or two other overpaid fringe players (not our younger talent, please) we ought to afford one expensive forward and one cut-price player who could be an impact player off the bench. Our defense is somewhat thin and creaky. Woody is gone. King still has King’s knees. And we are left with Gallas, Dawson, Bassong, Kaboul, the infuriatingly inconsistent Benoit Assout-Ekkoto, Corluka and hopefully not Alan Hutton rotating around depending on injuries. That’s a good not great stable of defenders but one I can live with since Spurs’ real problems come in when we look at our forward line.
Last year the forward’s were horrible. Keane looked like a confused chicken when he was still with. Defoe was short on confidence and fitness. Pav has a rifle for a right foot but literally can’t do anything else and Crouch has the finishing and guile of a three-legged donkey when he isn’t playing against European teams. My preferred lineup is a 4-5-1/4-2-4 formation seen below.
Hudd and Sandro protect the defense and Hudd’s long passing is ideal to spring either Bale or Lennon down either of the wings. Depending on who the forward is they’ll be able to play quick 1-2’s with VdV or knock it down for VdV on some of his late runs into the box. We won’t get the metronomic distribution that Modric provided and that will surely be a loss but for the tidy sum that Chelsea seems ready to offer its all in all good business and Spurs should still be a formidable side next season.