On the face of it, selling Steven Caulker to Cardiff was a strange move indeed. A fee of £8million isn’t bad, but when you consider he’s already an England international and you’d think he’d get better with experience, only a complete lack of progress from Caulker would make it turn out to be a good deal.
I can only assume that the club don’t expect him to improve beyond his current standard. He is still a little raw but by and large I thought he did pretty well last season. As with many young centre backs, his positioning isn’t always spot on – but then again, Younes Kaboul’s was pretty awful in his younger days; something he has now corrected (when fit).
It looks like the club were banking on buying Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest until his club pulled the plug. Spurs should’ve only sold Caulker if this deal went through.
It’s unclear how long Michael Dawson will be out for and with Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen unlikely to be fit for the start of the season, our initial defensive prospects look bleak. Zeki Fryers doesn’t look ready and I’m sure Crystal Palace would love to come up against a makeshift centre half in Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone.
I do hope the club have another centre half lined up as unfortunately we can’t rely on Kaboul to be fit all season and you really need four experienced centre halves in your first team squad.
If Caulker progresses at Cardiff – like he did at Swansea – we could well regret selling him. Especially if in twelve months time a successful season sees bigger clubs coming in for him.
By Nik Wardle, FanZone’s Tottenham blogger. Don’t forget to follow @FanZone!