from the views of SPURs fans.

There is no doubting Michael Carrick quality as a player; he also plays the kind of passing game that Tottenham have been missing for years. But can we really not survive with out him?

I think he will certainly be a loss but if we look to what we already have within our ranks we will find a perfect substitute, if not an out and out replacement! One comment that springs straight to my mind whenever anyone has asked me how we would cope without Carrick is ‘what about Tom Huddlestone?’.

Tom, from the games in the first team and the reserves I have seen him in, is every bit as good as Michael and given the needed games and experience will prove to be a better player. People have been branding Carrick as one of the world’s best central, holding midfield players and I don’t wish to doubt that because he is but he, in my opinion, has one vital floor in being shy in the tackle. Like Glen Hoddle he is one of the best passers in the game but he ‘couldn’t tackle his dinner’. Tom Huddlestone is a great tackler (and is built like a brick outhouse – unlike the sticklike Carrick), and he has a passing ability every bit as good as Carrick and in
him I can see a perfect replacement for Michael.

But Tom is not the only player we can look to, we have Edgar Davids who has been one of the best central midfielders in the world for over a decade! Teemu Tainio, over the last season has proved he is an excellent midfield player, he is always active, never seems to run out of energy and is a childhood spurs fan after all! Hossam Ghaly, he arrived at the Lane carrying an injury which didn’t totally clear until the end of the season therefore he didn’t get any first team action last season but from the reserve games he got at the end of the season and the performances in pre-season he seems a good player, he delivered the final ball for one of
Dimitar Berbatov’s goals and was usefully involved in the making of the other. We also have Didier Zakora, Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, and the young and up-coming Jamie O’Hara so to say we have a few options in an understatement.

No player is ever worth silly amounts of money either in transfer fees or weekly wages. If Carrick wants mega-money he will have to look elsewhere as Spurs have an excellent wage structure and ‘breaking the bank’ to keep him hear will harm the club in the long run. And if the reports are true in him stating he wants to move to Manchester United then fine let him go as it is obvious his heart is not in playing for Tottenham and the club want player who want to play for us.

£14.5 million (as reported in The Sun) is a good profit from a player we originally bought for £2.25 million. We are not a club in crisis in terms of finance I know but a deal like that is well worth it, and will give the ‘Three Musketeers’ (Jol, Levy, and Comolli) a nice little sum to play with while looking for a Left Midfielder if this is their wish. All I could ask, and I know they wont be anyway, is not to panic buy like we did with Gregorz Rasiak, we have a great squad already and all we now need are the final touches.

Article by Chigwell Spur