Keeping Luka Modric was certainly the main aim of the transfer window for Spurs, but the Croatian will hardly feel that the club have big future aspirations based on the lack of new faces brought in to White Hart Lane on deadline day.
Manager Harry Redknapp stated that Tottenham had rejected a late £40m offer for Modric from Chelsea as chairman Daniel Levy admirably stood by his word that the 25-year-old was unavailable at any price.
Modric’s head has not been in the right place so far this season as he attempted to persuade Spurs to authorise a move to Chelsea, although with such a deal now unable to take place until January, Redknapp will hope that the player quickly overcomes his dejection.
It would have undoubtedly been said to Modric that Spurs have big future plans to regain their spot in the top four and that he was an integral, and perhaps indispensible, feature of these plans.
Tottenham could have used the transfer window to show Modric a statement of intent and if they would have signed two or three world-class players then he may have been prepared to fight for the cause.
But there was no Diego Forlan, Kaka or Guiseppe Rossi and they were not even able to sign Bolton’s Gary Cahill, with a failure to agree personal terms believed to be the reason.
Scott Parker did arrive eventually from West Ham after being linked all summer and the England international will bring a more combative element to their midfield.
But the big transfer activity was in players leaving the club, with Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios heading to Stoke, Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas joining Aston Villa and David Bentley moving on loan to West Ham.
Tottenham may now struggle to bring Modric back to his best because of his lack of enthusiasm, which make them unlikely challengers for a top-four spot this season.
Successive defeats see Tottenham prop up the Premier League table and they may lose again next at high-flying Wolves.
Wolves are 19/10 in the Premier League odds to beat Spurs.