Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Comolli Watch

If this story on Eurosport is to be believed, then Spurs have snapped up another young French talent by the name of Abel Taarabt for €3.5 million from Ligue 1 side Lens. Now normally with these things Spurs get linked and then it’s either denied, or the rumour just goes away, but in this case it seems to have legs as we have direct quotes attributed to the boy:

"I have discussed things with Martin Jol, and he really wanted to have me. I have visited White Hart Lane, and I can't wait to play there."

Seems fairly black and white that one. Apparently an attacking midfielder, at roughly £2.4m he comes with a chunky price tag for a 17 year old, although knowing Spurs that will be paid over the next 10 years with half based on whether we win the Champions League and the rest when he wins his 50th French cap or something similar.

Spurs have also signed Sunderland’s young highly rated goalkeeper Ben Alnwick in the last few days, with Martin Fulop going in the opposite direction plus £1m. Fulop burned his bridges at Spurs with comments about wanting to sign for Coventry where he had been on loan, and not return to Spurs reserves, so it was just a matter of time before he was gone. In any case it is better to have British or at least EU back-ups these days as UEFA are soon to have strict rulings about the number of players trained by the club and trained in England in a squad for European games.

It is great to see youngsters being snapped up from all around Europe, and these two follow the young Swedish goalkeeper Oscar Jansson and the young Norwegian striker Dag Alexander Olsen who were both featured in The Waddler’s last Comolli Watch and have since signed permanently at White Hart Lane.

With Dorian Dervitte getting good reviews in the reserves, and of course the undoubted quality of first-team signings such as Berbatov, Zokora, Chimbonda, BAE and Malbranque its looks like Damien Comolli is a real find for THFC and as an added bonus we now seem to be shopping in the sort of markets that Arsene Wenger used to have all to himself. It’s no coincidence that his former main man in terms of scouting was one Damien Comolli.

The Waddler.