Did Levy get his sums wrong? This £4.5m deal is looking like a Tottenham transfer howler
COMMENT By Editor Wayne Veysey
From frozen out at Tottenham to red hot at Swansea.
What a transformation a transfer can make, and what an impact Tom Carroll has made since swapping north London for south wales in the January window.
The central midfielder has been the architect of Swansea’s resurgence under Paul Clement, thriving on the trust shown in him by the manager to deliver a series of eyecatching displays.
Carroll has started all six of the Swans matches for which he has been available, playing key roles in wins over Liverpool, Leicester, Southampton and Burnley.
He has instantly looked at home at the club where he had a successful loan spell two seasons ago and showed that he can be a genuine force in the Premier League.
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Shortly before the 24-year-old’s transfer went through, there were reports that Swansea would be paying £10million for a player who had been named in the Spurs matchday squad only once in the opening half of the campaign.
Shrewd Daniel Levy, nodded the sages. Another great piece of business by the transfer window messiah.
Yet on the day it was announced that Carroll had signed a three-and-a-half year Swansea contract, the BBC Sport website reported that the fee was actually £4.5million.
Nearly two months on, it looks like an absolute bargain and that Levy may have got his sums wrong.
Sure, there may be more to the deal than meets the eye and that there are likely to be performance-related clauses that could lift the eventual fee closer to £10million.
And, even Carroll’s biggest admirer would find it hard to construct an argument that he should have been in the Spurs midfield ahead of Mousa Dembele or Victor Wanyama in the opening half of the campaign.
Logic dictated that Tottenham cashed in on their academy graduate in the winter window. He wasn’t playing and needed a move where he could get a regular game.
But £4.5million for a player with his best years ahead of him, 46 Premier League and 38 Championship appearances under his belt and a contract that ran until 2019 will not go down as Levy’s best-ever bit of business.
For once, the long-standing chairman’s negotiation skills may have failed him.
In other Tottenham news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.