It was one of the transfer sagas of the summer, as Tottenham Hotspur moved late to try and secure a deal for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish. Tottenham were linked with a move throughout the summer, when Aston Villa looked in need of selling due to financial disarray.
However, Spurs did not make a move until after a takeover at Villa Park was completed. By that time, the club no longer had a need to sell and Grealish stayed. This was despite a £25 million deadline day bid, according to Sky Sports.
It was Tottenham’s last move in the transfer market and in the end, Spurs signed nobody. Daniel Levy was left criticised by some Tottenham fans for not pushing through a move for Grealish at an earlier time.
But, in all honesty, Tottenham do not appear to be missing out just yet.
Grealish is a very good young footballer. But even before the move was made, many Tottenham fans were doubtful he could significantly improve their squad.
He has hardly set the world alight with Villa at this early stage either. Currently, his side are struggling to find a rhythm in the Championship. In seven games so far this season he has just one assist and has struggled for his best form.
Tottenham are now being linked with the likes of Amadou Diawara and Frenkie de Jong of Napoli and Ajax respectively. Perhaps Tottenham feel that £25 million was the maximum price they would go for Grealish. Any more and the interest died. Based on his current form and what Tottenham really need, that would actually appear wise business from Levy and co.