A Spurs fan explains why the rumour mill has made previous summers so exciting

first_img 5 Ronaldo’s move to Juventus took many people by surprise Mind blown. At least this way Mike and myself do not feel the need to fill any lull in conversation with talk about serious stuff because, after 15 years of friendship, I can’t now ask him what he actually does for a living, can I?But what I do know are his views on where Spurs need to strengthen most.And it’s not just Spurs I reserve my transfer enthusiasm for. I followed the Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus story all summer long, just like I did when it appeared Zlatan Ibrahimovic might finally move to the Premier League in 2016 or, going further back, Michael Ballack to Chelsea in 2006. They were hugely exciting stories. A few years later we were wondering if Les Ferdinand really was going to leave Newcastle for us (he did). I remember being gutted when the Andy Hinchcliffe deal collapsed, but delighted when we pinched John Scales from under the noses of Leeds when all reports suggested the defender was Yorkshire-bound.Later on there were the Rivaldo and Fernando Morientes rumours to dream about. What a time to be alive.Spurs fans will remember the Cristiano Lucarelli whispers. The striker was linked with us in 2005 when he was banging in goals for fun at Livorno. Livorno! Imagine what he will do for us, we thought. 5 How on Earth did we manage this one? 5 Trippier’s delivery at the World Cup won a lot of praise 5 But then we got Edgar Davids and the mind was truly blown. As a Spurs fan the closest you ever got to him was by assuming control of Juventus on Champ Man and forcing him to join Tottenham.Where would I be without football rumours and gossip? For one, it means that when I catch up with my mate Mike over a pint to watch any football, the conversation is dominated by what Spurs will do in the window. How were we going to cover Kyle Walker’s move to Man City, we wondered. Turned out we didn’t miss him because we had Kieran Trippier aka the ‘Bury Beckham’, while Serge Aurier was brought and Kyle Walker-Peters looks increasingly promising. Ah, the transfer window. How I miss you when your gone.The football season is over, but already I am living in childlike wonder about how my club may look in the new season. Who is staying? Who is going? And, most importantly, who is signing? It’s a buzz and excitement that has never left me.Growing up as a Tottenham fan there appeared to be some seriously ambitious efforts and I couldn’t get enough of it.We actually signed Jurgen Klinsmann in 1994 and what a coup that was. Admittedly, my thought process has changed. At one stage I was simply blinded by the names being linked regardless of where they might play or how much they would cost. Now it’s quiet optimism – ‘he’s good, but where will he fit in?’ Or, ‘I’d love him, but what about when he has to leave for the Africa Cup of Nations?’Am I annoyed when a rumour turns out to be nothing more than a rumour? Too right, but the buzz remains and I look forward to seeing which players Spurs sign and almost sign next. In addition I’ll almost certainly be scanning Twitter and Facebook for people claiming Leandro Damiao – it may still happen – is working his way through a mini Pringles tube en route to Stansted.It’s alright to allow yourself to dream a little.last_img

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