Forget The Title, Tottenham Wins The RaceBy: The Offside | April 26th, 2008
Surely destined for Chelsea, Manchester United or Liverpool in recent times, the shock heard ’round the footballing world today came when Tottenham freakin’ Hotspur announced they have reached an agreement to sign Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb for the not-so-measly sum of £15.8m (reportedly). Just damn. So Tottenham signs perhaps the most touted young player in Europe and a guy likened as the next Johan Cruijff (I hear he wasn’t bad).
Does this mean the balance of power shifts in the Premiership? No. But the club closest to breaking into the Big Four, standings aside, just got a little bit closer with the mesmerizing creativity, numbing pitch intelligence and surprising goalscoring prowess of the guy who looks a tad like a mouse.
Tottenham fans will be going crazy over this signing, and with good reason. But you know who might be happiest of all? Dimitar Berbatov, who seemingly already had one foot out the door. For all the big money Chelsea, ManU, Real Madrid etc etc are ready to throw at him, Dimitar’s head must hit his pillow this evening with dreams of sublimely threaded balls from Luka, a goal in the making, simply waiting for his finishing touch. Can he hold off one more year for Champions League play? That’s the big question. Perhaps this means Dimitar’s exit is a foregone conclusion no longer.
Making this an even smarter move on Tottenham’s part is that this was all done before the European Championships arrive, when everybody and their mother is betting Luka will explode onto the global scene and dazzle the crowds from start to end. His price was never going to go down, but it certainly could’ve gone up. The time to buy was now.
Big day for Tottenham…Prem beware.