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Spurs have unsettled more than just Berahino and Wanyama

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Spurs have unsettled more than just Berahino and Wanyama

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West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino has now missed three matches due to ongoing speculation about his future. This weekend, Southampton’s Victor Wanyama missed the match against Norwich for not being ‘in the right mental shape’ to represent the Saints. Both have a lot in common. Both have been subjected to intense media speculation regarding their futures. Both are players that Mauricio Pochettino has been intent on bringing to White Hart Lane. Both have handed in transfer requests. Both have had them rejected. Both have been unsettled by Spurs and the questionable tactics that they have used to push through deals for the two players.

Tony Pulis has regularly been peppered with questions about Berahino’s future with the Baggies’ boss claiming that the striker’s head wasn’t in the right place because of Spurs’ “disruptive” pursuit and bid for the forward. Whether you agree with Pulis when he says that it’s “ridiculous” that the transfer window is still open when the season has started is another debate. But what isn’t up for debate is the fact that a young player who still needs valuable game time to develop is missing games because he’s been unsettled by rumours, speculation and unclear transfer tactics is not fair on the player, club or supporters.

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The start of the season is a crucial time for players to find their feet and pick up some form to kick start their season successfully. Both Tony Pulis and Ronald Koeman, like any other manager, want to spend the beginning of the season fine tuning their tactics and selections to find some rhythm early doors with almost fully fit squads. However, when Victor Wanyama and Saido Berahino, both key players to their respective teams, are unable to play because of the dubious tactics that Spurs are employing in the transfer market, more than the individual players are getting affected.

Fans want to see their best players play. Berahino is one of the biggest goal threats that the Baggies possess having scored 20 goals for West Brom in all competitions last campaign, the Berundi-born England Under 21 International would have been eager for a decent run of form early on this season that could have put him in good stead to better that goals return. However, missing out on games because of being unsettled not only threatens his form for the remainder of the season but also threatens his relationship with The Hawthorns faithful.

Like Berahino, Victor Wanyama is another essential player for Southampton. After being partnered with the gifted Morgan Schneiderlin for the previous two campaigns, the Frenchman and the Kenyan formed a formidable relationship that made them one of the most impressive and sought after defensive midfield duos in the league. With Schneiderlin getting his deserved move to Manchester United, Saints fans were eager for some stability in midfield and the mighty Kenyan was seen as pivotal in that for what many expect to be a big season for the former Celtic player. But with interest from Spurs being fed out through the media and what appears to be a poor attitude and reaction from the 24-year-old, Wanyama was left out altogether from the Saints team that was victorious against Norwich at the weekend.


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Not only has Spurs’ interest in these two player impacted the two players, but their interest has also influenced the starts that these two teams have made to the season. Let’s go back a couple of weeks to when the champions visited The Hawthorns and recorded their only win of the season to date. When the score was 0-0, James Morrison had a penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois. With the first goal being pivotal in any game, if The Baggies did have regular penalty taker Saido Berahino in the starting line-up and the 22-year-old had converted the spot kick, given the start Chelsea have made to the season, the champions may not have left The Midlands with all three points.

Spurs’ pursuit of Berahino took another sour twist in the last hour of Deadline Day. Details of two bids in the final hours of the summer transfer window emerged which led to the forward venting his frustrations on social media. Berahino tweeted: “Sad how I cant say exactly how the club has treated me but I can officially say I will never play Jeremy Peace [West Brom Chairman].” Despite their clear long-standing interest in the player, Daniel Levy and Spurs left it until late on in the transfer window to make their move; a move that has drastic repercussions for everyone involved with the club. Although; as Berahino states, from the outside we are unaware of how he has been treated by The Baggies, his reaction on social media was unnecessary and screams of a reaction of a spoiled young player. Maybe that was the reaction that Levy desired from Berahino in order to push through a move in the final moments of Deadline Day. However, Peace’s and West Brom’s resilience means that The Baggies now have to deal with a want-away player who is threatening to go on strike. The impact that this will have on the rest of the club and their supporters could become astronomical. Whether a Baggies fan or supporter of Spurs, in fact whoever you support, that is neither right nor fair.

Whether Spurs have done anything untoward is debatable, but the fact that Tottenham’s top two transfer targets are extremely unsettled at their clubs can’t be a coincidence. Especially considering that players subjected to similar speculation such as John Stones are more than capable to continue performing at a high level for their club. It’s not just the players that are being affected. It’s the managers, coaching staff, team-mates, the club and us, the fans. That’s not fair. Something must change.

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  1. disqus_Am08Kd718d

    September 2, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Levy is a disgrace to the PL

    • Big Mal

      September 2, 2015 at 9:26 pm


  2. wozzr

    September 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Like Tottenham told the press about the failed bids, o hold on they didnt it was their own clubs that did. So who made it all public therefore unsettling them ????

    • John Rowland

      September 2, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Levy needed to be outed to show the rest of the football world what a cheap conniving snake he is

      • Lance Vinter

        September 3, 2015 at 3:34 am

        yeah but he’s our cheap conniving snake…………ask yourself why the managers and the players want to come to us. there the cheap arses, pay your players a decent wage, maybe they will want to stay…..little club with with ideas above their station……………….

        • John Rowland

          September 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

          At least you admit he’s a cheap conniving snake mate,I’m afraid though that your just the villa of London to your superiors arsenal.not even the big club you think you are.and solado,how to waste money ha

      • Big Mal

        September 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        Please explain how he is a cheap conniving snake. He has a value for a player and won’t pay over the odds. I think we all agree that for Berahino that’s around £20m. All transfers are paid over the course of the contract. As for conniving how exactly does he operate in an illegal or wrongful action? He has simply bid what he believes a player is worth. Surely there are some genuinely conniving people around who you can waste your time on rather than a chairman bidding for a player during the transfer window. How very dare he do such a conniving thing. Let’s throw tomatoes at him

  3. Chris Pickett

    September 2, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Why oh why have Tottenham done anything to unsettle these or any other player?
    They made several bids for Berahino (depending on who you read, they seem to have simply enquired about Wanyama – or perhaps not done anything at all)
    So? What’s wrong with that?
    “They left it late”? Again, so what? there’s a window, you can bid any time you like…that’s the system.
    In Berahino’s case it seems to be more West Brom’s chairman who was “guilty” of blabbing to the press…
    I’m guessing in both cases it was also their agents (as so much of the “this club” are interested in “this player” stories come from in order to drive up the price)
    How the players react is down to them. You mention John Stones – yep, he did it the right way. I imagine he’s disappointed he’s not off to Chelsea but he’s behaved like a professional.
    the other two – perhaps Spurs have dodged a (couple) of bullets ther. I wonder how Berahino would have reacted if they had bought him only for Kane to rediscover his form and Berahino found himself on the bench every week?
    Biggest lack of professionalism shown though? The West Brom chairman…what a child!

    • St. Ripper

      September 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      How do you know all about the bids then, because it wasn’t Saints or WBA than talked about the bids until pressured by who… Oh yes… The pre advised media… Good old ‘Sky Sources’ aka Levy

      • Chris Pickett

        September 2, 2015 at 11:51 pm

        Could ask you the same thing…how do YOU know about the bids? How do you know it wasn’t Saints or WBA? You say it was Levy. Why? Only because you want it to be. What we DO know is that West Brom made several very public statements. Peace didn’t need to say anything. “Pressurised”? Really? One of his whines to the press seems to have been within an hour of the bid being made – that sounds more like a guy jumping at the chance than having to be pressurised.

        • Big Mal

          September 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm

          Spot on. St. Ripper lives in a fantasy world where he thinks Levy is leaking information to Sky Sources. Tottenham bid for Berahino and it was rejected so they bid again. WBA got uptight about it and released a statement. Let’s blame Levy. It’s so funny listening to all these know nothings telling everyone how disgraceful Levy is. Daniel will be laughing his head off

  4. Big Mal

    September 2, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah, how dare Tottenham bid for players. It’s outrageous. How dare they unsettle players with their underhand tactics. Disgusting. Those poor players earning millions per year having to carry on playing for their clubs when they want to move on. Awful. Let’s ban Tottenham from bidding for players during the transfer windows. It just should be allowed. Absolutely disgraceful behaviour

    • John Rowland

      September 2, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Bid yeah but don’t try to get them on the cheap,this isn’t poundland he’s shopping in

    • St. Ripper

      September 2, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      It’s not the bidding, it’s the leaking the news to chums in the media to unsettle players and the obvious collusion with agents to get the players to protest. That is what it wrong, unprofessional and downright insidious

      • Big Mal

        September 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        Hadn’t realised you worked for the club. Let me know what department and I’ll look you up.

  5. 3 Finger Jack

    September 2, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Levy and Pooch are a disgrace the way they have tried to bully Saints .Let them have Toby A by mid-season ,just like Loveren at Liverpool ,they will soon begin to realise it`s Jose Fonte that makes them seem better .and Pooch dosent get it, we are not selling anybody to him because of his behaviour since leaving our club is really bad..good article Dan things do need to change

    • Big Mal

      September 3, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      How dare they bid for a player in the transfer window. Outrageous

  6. yo_daniel

    September 2, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    “the fact that Tottenham’s top two transfer targets are extremely unsettled at their clubs can’t be a coincidence.”
    – Of course it can. Spurs have made plenty of signings this summer where this didn’t happen. And there were plenty of ‘unsettled’ players that Tottenham had no connection to (Sterling, Otamendi, De Gea).

    “Especially considering that players subjected to similar speculation such as John Stones are more than capable to continue performing at a high level for their club.”
    – Right, so Spurs say nothing public about Berahino or Wanyama and this is apparently so unsettling that the players can’t possibly play football matches.
    And Chelsea tap up John Stones very publicly, to the obvious (and equally public) annoyance of Everton, but that’s ok and means he can keep playing? Not just that Everton have zero decent alternatives at centre-back (unlike WBA who have tons of strikers because they clearly planned to sell Berahino!).

    No-one outside of the clubs knows what the proposed deals were; Jeremy Peace posting details on WBA’s website and social channels at every step (clearly not appreciated by Pulis) suggests that he had far more of an agenda than Tottenham did, but again, that’s just my conjecture and worth the same as yours… very little.

    • Big Mal

      September 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Spot on! As soon as Levy is mentioned everyone thinks he’s the devil. Bizarre. He’s no different than any other chairman. The press for some reason mention him every time Tottenham buy someone, but mention the manager whenever another club try to buy someone. Levy finds this very funny (as we all do!)

  7. Lance Vinter

    September 3, 2015 at 3:27 am

    your a cock fella of the first degree…….. we never discuss our transfers it was the saints and west brom who released this information of the bids we made. all of this is down to you journos, your the ones who report it……….not us……………shakes head

  8. Nathan Boyd

    September 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Spurs should give Saints their Eropa league place! Wanyama missed that crucial qualifier game too.

  9. Simon

    September 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I just think Levy isn’t very smart in the transfer market. He likes to come in late to get a good price but that only really works if the selling club wants to sell. Otherwise, they don’t have to hold on for very long. Schneiderlin was always going to go this summer, so it was always very, very unlikely that Saints would let Schneiderlin and Wanyama go in the same window. So why bother? Put in a tentative bid, for sure. But when the response comes back as a firm no, Levy just doesn’t know when to stop. He could have offered £40m for Wanyama and I really doubt Saints would have let Wanyama go this window. So is it all a game to try and unsettle the players and then try again in January? Possibly.

  10. Alex Tudge

    September 3, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    lol so many biased spurs fans in the comments. The West Brom chariman told us what happened, he told Levy how much they wanted, he didn’t offer it, came back with below par bids and then leaked it to the media to unsettle the player. Then the West Brom chairman quite rightly said well too late now we don;t have time to sign a replacement so he’s not for sale, yet Levy continues. Big clubs (though lol to include Spurs under that title, clubs with disillusions of being big more like) are starting to realise they can’t just click their fingers and the smaller clubs come running. Thing is these underhand tactics and bad business come back to bite you in the arse, Levy pissed Saints off last year, as the article says he had no chance, if he wants a West Brom player in the future he’ll probably find no one answers the phone to him. Reputation means a lot in business and his is falling all the time, do your transfer business quietly and efficiently, respect the clubs you are dealing with and the deals will happen. How do you think Saints got Forster, Wanyama and Van Dijk from Celtic, we had and continue to have a good relationship with them, kept our deals private and offered reasonable and respectable amounts for those players. Of course is Spurs could do some independent thinking of their own instead of just trying to copy Saints they would already have Wanyama because they would have signed him from Celtic, well unless Levy has pissed them off as well? You nick our manager, you nick our scout, you nick our players, yet Saints aren’t going into the season relying on a one season wonder and hoping he doesn’t get injured.

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