In the midst of all the transfer chaos of the last couple of days, there were two players who signed on the dotted line at Spurs Lodge to extend their contracts with Tottenham Hotspur.
This news would lead you to believe that both players have a secure future at the club. But those who know how Spurs' Chairmen, Daniel Levy, operates, will not be surprised to think otherwise.
More after the jump . . .
The game, unfortunately, is very much about money nowadays. And Daniel Levy is very much a business man supreme. Levy realises that a player's stock is largely decided by the length of their contract.
In the last few seasons, Levy has been quick to extend many Spurs' players contracts as soon as he can. As opposed to a certain team in red down the road, Levy realises that at any given moment, a player may become surplus to requirements, or have 'his head turned' by another clubs advances. In these situations it makes sense to have as high a bargaining position as possible so as to garner the best deal for the club. This has been the case with all of Tottenham Hotspurs' recent out goings, from Berbatov to Modric. The longer the contract the higher the commanded price.
This is will be no different for Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon. Both are full England internationals, who can still perform at the highest level. Defoe, who is soon to turn 30, is still one of the best finishers in the game and would be a target for many clubs in the Premier League, and possibly Europe. Lennon is still hardly matched for pace and at times can best any left back in the world. Both players have started all of Spurs' opening three Premier League games this season, but by the end of the month, may very well become regular bench warmers.
Now, some may argue that these players will become invaluable squad members. However, I feel that we could possibly see both leaving the club in the January transfer window.
I can't see either wanting to be a bit-part player, and at Defoe's age, I feel that Levy and AVB may look to cash in on him whilst there is still a market for him.
With Lennon, there is a strong possibility that he could command a big fee. Anywhere from £15m upwards. On a long contract and at only 25 with plenty of experience in one of the toughest leagues in the world, and also his displays in the Champions League still fresh in the memory. Lennon would be seen as a big coup for many teams across Europe.
To further strengthen these claims, it has been no secret that Andre Villas Boas has been casting his eye other players in similar positions. Strikers such as International's Leandro Damiao and Marseilles' Loic Remy have been the subject of reported bids in the past transfer window. As have wingers like Shaktar Donetsk's Willian and Barcelona's Ibrahim Afellay (who recently signed on loan at Schalke).
Whether or not both Defoe and Lennon, realise it yet, but I for one think that the ink will have barely dried on their new contracts before they are signing another at pastures new.
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