Guest-written by Jay of Park Lane Spurs
Hossam Ghaly was supposed to be transferred to Birminham City from Tottenham. So was Mido. But they’re both still Spurs players. Is there any club out there willing to take either, or both, of these players? On Ghaly, Tottenham Hotspur’s official website states:
“We can confirm that Hossam Ghaly has decided not to proceed with his transfer to Birmingham City.”
The other story is that Steve Bruce wasn’t impressed with Ghaly during a training session and pulled out of the deal,
“His agent left a message and said that he [Ghaly] wasn’t happy with the standard of players here,” Bruce told the Birmingham Mail. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing – and I’ve kept the message on my voicemail.
“When he had his one-to-one session with (fitness coach) Dan (Harris), he was moaning we ‘don’t do this, don’t do that’ at Tottenham, it ‘wasn’t right’ and ‘ridiculous’. He had a right petted lip on. Yes, strong words were said and he was told in no uncertain terms that if he didn’t like it, he should clear off.
“There’s no way I’m going to have someone criticising the squad, especially when they are supposed to be their new team-mates. And I’m not having anyone upsetting the togetherness and spirit we have worked so hard to build up here.”
Whatever the reason, both Ghaly and Mido remain unsold. Now that Alan Smith has gone to Newcastle, maybe Middlesbrough or Sunderland will take Mido. As a Spurs fan, I’d be happy for them to find a new club. They’re both decent players and I’m sure other clubs are interested, but I’m beginning to wonder if they’ll leave.
The last thing we need this season is any problems in the dressing room. Mido tends to ‘speak his mind’ at times; this attitude could be a problem. And with four strikers in front of him, he’ll only get a handful of games in the Carling Cup, barring an injury crisis. With Ghaly disrespecting the club by throwing the shirt away last season, he also faces an uphill struggle to win back the coach and the fans. On top of that, competition for midfield spots is congested as it is since the signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng. Personally, I’m really hoping we can transfer out the fringe players, which includes Danny Murphy and Lee Young-Pyo.
Spurs have got to iron out these details which could be the difference if they are to really achieve something this season. We’ve also got to stop the mistakes at the back, and with Ledley King out for at least 2 months, perhaps a centre back and a left winger are still to come in?