One of the regular ceremonies of the summer time transfer window involves footballer quotes (and misquotes) where they reference their future, subtly dropping hints and occasionally allowing for ambiguity to run havoc in the minds of the readers. It's an art form, a transparent one, but a necessity. Or at least one that is required by agents to either tie the player into a new contract or tout the player indirectly to the footballing world.
Footballer wants more money, suddenly he's in the newspapers talking up his dreams of Champions League or playing abroad. He's not committing himself to his current club because he's not dismissive of a move away. This allows the press machine to kick in and for the rest of us in social media to microscopically analyse. Of course, we might all just be paranoid. Players are often asked heavily led questions and attempt the politicians diplomatic answer, to avoid burning bridges. Just in case their club displays a lack of loyalty to them.
Take the rumours that Sandro might be sold. Here's a player that is constantly talking about his love for Spurs and yet there is no definitive response from him vanquishing any suggestion he's looking to move on. We (the supporters) start to add up using our dysfunctional logic calculators as we cite his injury problems and point towards Daniel Levy's blueprint to buy talent and sell them on for profit. Some contradict facts further by stating Sandro wouldn't fit into Mauricio Pochettino's style of play. Which is ludicrous considering when fit and on form he's the best midfield marshal in the league. At least, one of the very best.
All of this is being discussed because we have nothing more concrete to entertain us. Football conjecture and hyperbole is selective to the point where you would instantly ignore one rumour but accept another which is actually less likely to happen than the one you ignored.
Levy wouldn't and shouldn't sell now. If Sandro was signed with future profit in mind then the club will hardly profit if sold now. We've not seen the best of him by a mile. He's also the best 'defensive' midfielder we have.
Still, it would be nice if the player did laugh off the rumour but then if he's been advised not to because of potential contract negotiations with Spurs, then we're hardly going to read about how the player is pretending to be non-committal so he can then truly prove his loyalty to the club. I think my point is - we don't always need to know what's going on or have an explanation for it.
Just because it's completely silent with incoming players doesn't mean we haven't targeted some. It doesn't meant we're not in the midst of talks. In fact, silence is golden. Spurs are so much better in stealth mode when it comes to dropping a transfer bombshell on us. So here's hoping the next one doesn't involve Sandro but does involve a new team-mate for the Brazilian.
via Metro Club
Sorry for the lack of original DML content. I'm looking to move myself. Thankfully to a new house rather than a new club. No escaping Spurs.