Discussing Tottenham, Esteban Cambiasso and underwhelming short-termism 16


It seems fairly certain that Tottenham will soon complete a free-transfer deal for Esteban Cambiasso and that the soon-to-be 34 year-old will move to England for one final pay-day…sorry, sorry, I mean ‘Indian Summer’.

I hate this kind of transfer, it’s so short-term.

Mauricio Pochettino knows Cambiasso, obviously, and is aware of his capabilities, but what real purpose would this deal serve.  Players like that don’t come cheap, so Spurs will presumably have to go right to the edge of their wage structure to sign him - and for what benefit?  A single season?

During his prime, Cambiasso was arguably one of the top-three in his position in the world, but that prime has long gone and asking a player in his mid-thirties to immediately adjust to the speed of the Premier League seems optimistic.  Yes, he had a very decent 2013/14 for Inter Milan, but the old cliche about Serie A still holds - its pace is very forgiving on ageing legs and it isn’t nearly as combative as English football.

If Cambiasso comes to White Hart Lane and plays, who is at the expense of?  Sandro?  Where would the logic in that be?  Maybe Spurs get a good year out of the Argentine, maybe at a stretch two - but what happens after that, how does the gaping hole in midfield get filled?

This is the kind of transfer you would expect from West Ham or another one of those sides who piece together their teams on a year-to-year basis.  Manchester United have signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, Chelsea have spent big on Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, Liverpool have added Emre Can and Adam Lallana to their midfield and Tottenham…well, Tottenham are committing big wages to a name from the past.

There are positives, because Cambiasso is enormously experienced and the kind of player who won’t be phased by trips to Old Trafford or The Etihad, but this still feels incredibly unambitious - and, essentially, like a transfer that is being pursued because of the big ‘free’ next to the player’s name rather than his actual merits.

It’s got Daniel Levy written all over it.

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