When Jose Mourinho in November 2019 signed for Tottenham Hotspur, he told the media that he had found the right football club and was pleased to sign but recent happenings at the club suggests he has joined the wrong club.
Tottenham Hotspurs is a football club in North London owned by the very prudent businessman, Daniel Levy. Levy is a man known to be very thrifty when it comes to spending big money in the transfer market, little wonder why the club has brought in few players in the last few seasons.
Jose Mourinho on the other hand, is a manager who loves to spend big in the transfer market. In all the clubs Mourinho has managed, he loves to buy players, big names at that. Also, in all his previous clubs, Tottenham appears to be the ‘smallest’ in terms of purchasing power and the ability to compete at the highest level with other European football clubs.
Tottenham as a club prefers to sell its players for big money rather than buy at outrageous fees. The stories of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric comes to mind here, you would recall that Daniel Levy demanded huge transfer fees for the two attacking players before they could be allowed to sign for Spanish heavyweights, Real Madrid.
With all this background information, one would be very quick to ask why Jose Mourinho then decided to sign for a club where he won’t be able to bring out the chequebook and buy the kind of players that would advance his cause.
Tottenham is perhaps the only club in the English premier league with only one recognised out-and-out striker in Harry Kane. The England and Tottenham captain remains the only striker in that club aside teenager, Troy Parrot who has made only one senior appearance this season.
With Kane injured and out for several weeks and with Tottenham’s defence shipping in goals every day, Mourinho is reportedly not happy at his new job in North London.
The defence backline has conceded more than 11 goals since Mourinho took over; a characteristic that is unbecoming of a club managed by him. Even though the January transfer market has opened with the opportunity for clubs to buy players, Jose Mourinho hasn’t been linked with any big player in Europe. Though there is a reported interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Lemar but word on the street is that Tottenham do not have the funds to buy the player but they would prefer to get him on loan first with an option to buy later.
It is quite right to say that the ‘honeymoon’ period is over for Mourinho at Tottenham. You would recall the Portuguese enjoyed a good run when he took over at Spurs but results in recent weeks have not gone his way with his team dropping points against Southampton and Norwich, games they could have easily won.
It is now left to be seen if the ‘union’ between Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho would last more than the current season but from the feelers Mourinho is getting right now, it is safe to conclude that the experienced Portuguese might have joined the wrong football club in