How else can you explain the failure to invest in a team that was clearly struggling to hold on to the coat tails of the clubs above them last season? The noise from the 5-1 thrashing at home to Man City was drowned out by the drum rolls from the Emirates calling for the beheading of Wenger, but once the Gunners hysteria has died down, questions will be asked as to why, exactly, Tottenham have fallen so far behind the club that they edged out of the Champions League the season before last and why Levy and Redknapp have done so little to reverse it.
True Tottenham retained Modric and can hardly be expected to keep up with the spending of Man City, but even with Arsenal regressing, they are slipping behind Liverpool and maybe even Stoke City! The strangest deal of all, for me, was Bellamy returning to Liverpool rather than linking up with long time admirer Redknapp. Look at Tottenham's squad and they are desperately short of strikers. True they have Adebayor on loan but can he be relied upon to fight for the cause? Pavlyuchenko is another whose effort often appears less than 100%, and he wants away in any case, whilst Defoe is a moody bastard as we know. And that's it as far as forwards with a squad number are concerned. Many Tottenham fans will be pleased to see the back of Crouch but they must be concerned at the lack of options.
Parker has been recruited but nobody else. Jenas has gone, so has Crouch and Palacious and Bentley and Hutton. It looks very much as if finance is taking precedence over on field fortunes. Never mind the Champions League, this squad looks more likely to finish in mid table to me.
So what is going on? Has Levy decided that Redknapp's days are numbered? Is he looking for an excuse to offload him, engineering a situation where a new manager has the funds to build his own squad? Levy clearly didn't fancy Parker and was nagged into buying him. If Scotty proves to be the dud I have predicted, that will count heavily against 'Arry too. If he can't even wheeler deal, what good is he?
Who will they replace him with? Well Avram is Jewish so...