The position whereby Darren Bent refused £75,000 p.w to join Spurs has become a rarity in the money based game of football.
However like it or not Spurs have a real dichotomy in their spending/salary philosophy. Teams like West Ham now offer £60k/70k to most of their new signings yet we offer a max of £40-50k and most at substantially less (Berbatov is a case in point).
I don’t condone the inflated figures offered by most other clubs, currently, but the marketplace is what matters. Whilst we can pay the transfer fees for players (Bent 16.5m) we refuse to move away from a strict salary cap.
This is becoming a real issue as don’t tell me Petrov refused Spurs for Sven........ 55k p.w v 30k p.w is an obvious enticement above anything else.
We will not attract the really top players without looking at our salary caps and deciding to realign them to reflect the new levels required.
I know the Leeds story is a dark spectre for all clubs in this area of potential profligacy but now the new £60m TV income for Premier clubs has forced the salary structures into a new level.
We need 3 or 4 top, top players with experience and salary will be the inhibitor when push comes to shove if they are to join us.
I hate to say it but we can’t be top 4 without paying top 4 salaries rather than just compete for transfer fees!