Tottenham’s latest transfer targets – good or bad buys?

Adebayor scoring one of his many career goals against Spurs…

Adebayor scoring a not-so-rare goal against Tottenham

Brad Friedel arrived early on but the Luka Modric hoo-ha has caused Tottenham to be as inactive as The Spoiler of late. Fear not though because the tabloids expect Spurs to be back with a bang very shortly, so we’ve fired up the infamous Spoiler Truth-o-meter on Don’t-Do-It-o-meter settings to see who they should swoop for and who they should run a mile from…

Emmanuel Adebayor
What’s the best way of removing a constant thorn in your side? Hope that he moves to Spain? That’s what we thought but Harry Redknapp has instead decided to employ the “if you can’t beat them, join them” school of thought. Adebayor’s Premier League strike rate stands up to scrutiny (61 goals in 113 starts), yet his hefty wages and unfortunate tendency to burn metaphorical bridges almost everywhere he goes counts against him.
Don’t-Do-It-o-meter: More likely to be a Bentley than a Gallas

Mirko Vucinic
After five years in the Eternal City, the Montenegrin forward appears to have tired of Roma’s hard-to-please fans and performing in a pantomime alongside his sulking striker sidekicks throwing strops when subbed, despite the arrival of perceived Pep Guardiola-lite Luis Enrique. Tottenham’s alleged interest is justifiable given his record of 46 Serie A goals in 108 starts for the Giallorossi.
Don’t-Do-It-o-meter: Persist with Rossi first, but Vucinic is a great Plan B

Chris Samba
Team-mates Michel Salgado, Phil Jones and Ryan Nelsen all beat Samba into the Premier League’s top 50 list for tackles won by defenders last season, as did Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Michael Dawson. Spurs may also find the thought of a centre back that has been fit to start over 30 games every campaign a bit scary given the frequency with which they sign sicknotes in that position.
Don’t-Do-It-o-meter: Arsenal’s need is greater so let them take a chance

Miralem Pjanic
Over 100 Ligue 1 outings at the age of 21 is a fine feat and an unemphatic assist and goal ratio is no deal-breaker either given that Modric, who he is championed as a successor to, has averaged only three per category over the last two seasons. The playmaker also achieved something that Spurs failed to do when still just 19 by knocking Real Madrid out of the Champions League.
Don’t-Do-It-o-meter: A fairly attractive proposition at £10.5 million

18 responses so far
  • Adam // July 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I love this site but can we get some sort of explanation about about the lack of recent updates and/or staff changes?

    I think you would be well served to communicate with your readers….

  • Blah // July 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm


  • Seth // July 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Adam i think he’s determined to ignore us for as long as possible. Fantastic.

  • Adam // July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Come on…I really don’t want to take this out of my rotation b/c it has a history of being so fcking unique but this is really frustrating.

  • nick // July 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I can read this kind of meat-and-potatoes stuff on any number of footy sites? Any chance of getting a whiff of irreverence and humour back? Can’t be that hard to cook up a gag at Spurs’ expense can it?

  • bazm // July 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I love the spoiler, but it’s beginning to resemble a Spurs fan: earnest, grandiose and with no sense of fcking humour about itself. I miss the chirpy Pompey-esque fatalism it used to have with a glint of Milwall in its eye.

  • bread // July 20, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Come on, what’s the crack? Used to bloody love The Spoiler.

  • BG // July 21, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Ah great.. London/Spurs again..

  • Fat Nakago // July 21, 2011 at 4:20 am

    This post should have been only about Adebayor and his tendencies toward metaphorical fucktardery ((as opposed to the literal fuctardery of Mario Balotelli)). And while it might be too much to ask to drop in a JUDE THE OBSCURE reference or two and season with a little Adam Dalglieshesque poetics, shout for a mile to gain an inch, as they say. Wait….WHAT??

    Anyway, I think what some of the lads are trying to say is that is this bloog is fast becoming the Most Influential Football Blog of the LAST Decade.

    I can appreciate having to intuit pure truth, but let’s not let the FACTS get in the way…

  • PinFuzz // July 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Everything that has been said so far about the Spoiler’s recent change in direction/quality is true. I can understand why you thought it may have been a good idea. You thought maybe you could become both funny and insightful, but it just isn’t working. With all due respect to Michael Lintorn, his articles are not examples of fascinating football insight. The articles read like a geeky undergraduate’s statistics coursework. The use of graphs – in some of the articles – that have obviously been made using excel is also pretty poor. If you are going to put images in the article at least make them engaging! I can see the allure of trying to go for a funny yet informative journalistic approach, but if the articles continue in their current vein things are only going to get worse.

    Also, not informing readers when you decide to go on a brief hiatus is pretty poor. We always appreciated the honesty that the site used to show. If you weren’t publishing articles because you couldn’t find anything good to write about, JUST SAY SO!!!

  • NH // July 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This is better though.

  • BusterG // July 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    These posts are beginning to make your subhead – ‘The most influential football blog of the decade’ – look very noughties. Because it won’t be true of this decade unless the editorial situation gets cleared up very soon. So close to unsubscribing. So sad :-(

  • Seth // July 23, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Off the Post/Dirty Tackle are quickly becoming my favorite blogs, which is sad because I used to look forward so much to this blog. RA was hilarious, gave some useful insight when the situation dictated but offered a completely different experience than other similar blogs. One (i think) post this whole week, and like two posts all summer I’ve actually enjoyed is just embarrassing.

  • Coolface // July 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Come on guys, they are probably just taking a holiday because nothing much is happening.

    Premier League teams are putting on their annual exhibitions for the Asian and/or American audiences and all that’s left is transfer talk. We’re all big boys and know that transfer talk can be comfortably put in one of 3 categories:
    1) drawn out sagas developing painfully slowly, maybe not at all (Fabregas)
    2) pure speculation (who will Mansour buy next?)
    3) nonsense PR manufactured by creeps (Tevez to Corinthians).

    There isn’t much that we haven’t already talked about. You already have your opinion on Downing (finally) moving to Liverpool! We all know Barcelona are being rude to Arsenal! And we’re all aware that some people may think that Wenger is doing a similar thing, albeit on a smaller scale, to Everton.

    All that said, it would be nice to see what the Spoiler commenters make of Rio warning some of Man United’s other defenders to not be in awe of him. I suppose it’s hard to not be in awe of people that take such professional-looking pictures of themselves

  • Michael Lintorn // July 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Hi. Here’s a mini State of The Spoiler address as some have requested.

    Unfortunately, the site won’t be too active over the next few weeks as we work on other exciting projects ahead of the start of the season.

    Yes, a decision was taken to focus on statistics more, though we will attempt to strike a balance so that things don’t become too serious. And yes, I’ll steer clear of Excel for a bit too!

    Richard is very much still Mr Spoiler and has – you will see if you look back – been posting over the last few weeks, though he too won’t be around as much as usual over the summer.

  • Si // July 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    So, by “other exciting projects”, you are essentially admitting that The Spoiler is playing second fiddle to your other jaunts? Well done.

    Bookmark deleted.

  • Adam // July 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for the update Michael. It is much harder to continually create new content than people on the outside think, so time to get away during the, wildly short, offseason is understandable.

    You have a significant audience though, and you would be well served to take part in the conversation with them…

  • gamblino // July 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Killed a decent site off. Next!

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