In the loop
Deadline day remains a paradoxical mess where expectancy is distorted and pulled apart like a time traveller attempting to rewrite history but instead they end up deleting themselves from their time-line, only to find themselves starting over again, eternally stuck in a loop.
The hyperbole and the desperation of any given club seeking to take advantage of frantic last minute deals means that the final day of the window can at times throw up a gem or two. But for the most part, if your club hasn't done business early on in the month it's best not to expect much in the final hours.
I'm neither happy or sad about Tottenham's business. Although I do have the odd head scratch with how certain things played out.
Dele Alli joins as from MK Dons and will remain there on loan until the end of the season. One for the future and hopefully a player scouted by Mauricio Pochettino and/or Paul Mitchell (our head of recruitment). Alli likely to see much more of the Dons if we end up moving to Milton Keynes as suggested when the new stadium rebuild finally kicks off. If it does. At this rate Alli will have his Spurs testimonial at the Stadium MK.
This was our only bit of incoming. Kyle Naughton left us for Swansea a week or so back. As for the other fringe players that appear to have fallen from grace?
Aaron Lennon to Everton on loan wasn't a massive shock. Lennon has not been involved too often for us and at the age of 27 (having spent nearly 10 years at Spurs) is in desperate need for a new lease of life. Whether you believe the stories about dressing room mutiny - purely from a football perspective - the winger doesn't appear to fit into Poch's system with Andros Townsend preferred ahead of him. He's given us some wonderful moments. Goals against Arsenal, the assist for Peter Crouch in Milan. That famous dink to end years of misery against Chelsea. All that early potential of pace and lightning movement never resulted with enough end product to take him towards the stature of a truly game-changing player. Lennon in the end became less dynamic and unglamorous, less daring and preferring a defensive shift protecting his flank. He's been a good servant to the club, good luck.
Etienne Capoue rejected a loan move to WBA. Younes Kaboul - club captain - was linked to West Ham along with Emmanuel Adebayor. Here's a player so out of favour we were willing to sacrifice forward options just to get rid of him yet in the end Daniel Levy rejected the loan move to Upton Park. The question now is; Will Ade be as effective for Tottenham as he might have been impressing for Big Sam against many of the teams that sit above us in the league or will he remain about as ineffective as he's been so far this season? Either way, surely we'll left relying on Harry Kane (five year contract whoop!) and hoping for no injury/burn out?
Transfer deadline day is over. The narrative continues.