Fabio Paratici may have only been at Tottenham for two months but he is already making a big impact in N17.
Earning quite the reputation in his 11 years at Juventus as he helped them win title after title, it was confirmed back in May that the Italian’s time with the Bianconeri had come to an end.
Daniel Levy, who knows the 49-year-old well from dealing with him at Juve, quickly made his move and just over two weeks later Spurs announced that Paratici would become their managing director of football from the start of July.
Paratici set his stall out right away following his appointment and his first interview with Spurs TV went down extremely well with fans.
“It is a big experience and I am so happy and so excited for this new experience,” stated the former footballer.
“A new experience always gives you new energy, power, motivation and I hope to give to Spurs my passion for sure, my work, my time and I hope to build something very good and better than we have done before.”
On Tottenham, he added: “We met two years ago in the Champions League. They were two big matches and I know Tottenham is a fantastic, amazing club and they did so well in the past 20 years.
“They have built a fantastic stadium and a fantastic training ground. There is a big squad and I hope to arrive to this type of level for the next years and to help this club remain at this level but to also be better, to build something new and something better in the next years.”
Fans have been clamouring for “something new and something better” after two extremely poor seasons in the capital and many had pointed to the need to go for the sporting director model that Tottenham had previously used.
Working his magic at Juventus in such a key period for the club as they looked to get back to the top of the Italian game, Paratici was putting in the hours long before his official Tottenham start date as he got his plans in place so they could make a fast start.
Not only needing to find Jose Mourinho’s successor after his April departure, the former Sampdoria man also had to plot a much-needed squad overhaul two years on from Mauricio Pochettino’s comments about a “painful” rebuild.
As important as incomings were to the Lilywhites to give the squad a refresh, outgoings were equally key with a number of Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad needing to be moved on.
Juan Foyth was one of the first to depart as his loan move to Villarreal became permanent, with long-serving players Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld bidding farewell to N17 after linking up with Sevilla and Al-Duhail respectively.
Joe Hart joined fellow goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga in heading out the door, while Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier, after it was agreed to mutually terminate his contract on deadline day, completed the departures in the final week of the window.
Not only moving on some players on the periphery of the first team who were on sizeable wages, Paratici also managed to drop the average age of the squad by some way in the process, with Son Heung-min joking after the Watford game that he is now one of the oldest at the club.
Moving the players on who many fans believed needed to be sold as part of the rebuild, the managing director of football brought five players to the club who can become key members of the Spurs XI for years to come.
Needing to find a long-term successor for Hugo Lloris as he is now entering the final few years of his career, Paratici agreed on an initial loan deal for Pierluigi Gollini with Atalanta which can later become permanent.
That wasn’t the only deal he managed to agree on with the Italian side as he also stuck an agreement with them for Serie A Defender of the Year Cristian Romero.
Signing him on loan with the option to buy for £42.5million, the Argentine, who helped his country win the Copa America over the summer, has all the attributes to fix Spurs’ defensive issues for good.
Later agreeing on a transfer for one of the most highly-rated attacking players in Spain in Bryan Gil, Paratici again had one eye on the future with 18-year-old Pape Matar Sarr joining from Metz after wowing in France.
Right-back was a priority for Spurs before the window closed and they finally addressed the position on deadline day as Emerson Royal joined from Barcelona in a move worth 30million euros.
Another notable aspect of Paratici’s summer business was also playing his part in convincing Harry Kane to stay after holding positive talks with the player and his representatives amid a lot of speculation regarding a big-money move to Man City.
However, one downside of the club’s transfer business that many may point to was Tottenham’s failure to bring in another out-and-out striker as they are rather short in the position.
Rather than bringing in someone to just act as cover for Kane, the intention was to sign a striker good enough to start regularly for the club.
As moves for Dusan Vlahovic and Lautaro Martinez didn’t come to fruition, Paratici and Espirito Santo decided to stick with their current options up front instead of spending money just for the sake of it to bring in another option.
The coming months will prove whether that was the right decision or not.
It was clear that Paratici was never going to solve all of Tottenham’s issues in one transfer window but he has made a rather impressive start to his time at the club, with the players doing likewise on the pitch as they top the Premier League table.
Bringing down the average age of the squad and moving on players who needed to be sold, the Italian has also clinched deals for one of the most highly-rated defenders in Italy and also one of Spain’s most eye-catching attackers.
Planning for the here and now and also the future, Paratici will be aware of his next big tasks at Tottenham in the upcoming windows as he looks to build something very special for the coming years in the capital.
His tireless work so far demonstrates that he may just become Daniel Levy’s most important Tottenham’s signing in years.
Source by Football London