As Real Madrid and their propaganda mouthpiece Marca continue to wear down on our sanity and Daniel Levy by publicly vying for the signature of our mercurial wing wizard Gareth Bale. We look to whether Levy giving in or whether staying stubborn would be the better option. To decide if selling Gareth Bale would be a more viable choice than keeping him.
Pros of Bale staying:
• The magic moments which exhilarate every Spurs fan and possibly every football fan (apart from the fans whose team which has just conceded a last minute winner). He turns crucial results in our favour and being able to play badly and still win.
• We would have one of the top 3 players in the world on our team which frightens other teams and adds a lot of revenue in brand and shirt sales. E.g. FIFA 14 our first ever player on the cover, BT potential shirt sponsors….
• He is the lynchpin of the side and a complete change of plan would be needed while half of pre-season is already over. We have just settled with AVB and his master plan would come into effect with this season. However, another season of evolution will be needed to settle the squad if the transfer does take place and this could lead to another lacklustre start. In having him stay we would be settled having the rare occurrence of getting all our business done before the first fixture of the season.
• There is no Champions League this season for Spurs and we may not be able to attract as high a quality of player as we would like. Just look at Liverpool, they have a lot of cash to burn and have missed out on a lot of players as they don’t want to move to a non-Champions League side which are moving backwards every season.
• We would have to sell a lot of players to rebuild as even now our squad of 28 is too big.
• Perhaps if he stays another year and we attain Champions League football or better and still wants to leave we could attract a higher calibre of player e.g. Reus, Lewandowski, Kroos, Mata, and get the same or better money for him.
Pros of Bale leaving:
• Real Madrid are desperate to sign him due to pressure from fans and a disastrous season previously. We may never be offered as much for him again due to their need being less immediate and poor form or injury lessening his value.
• We won’t have to rely on Bale and will have a more balanced side for goals and flair.
• AVB can choose whatever players he likes for whatever price if they want to come.
• We would get a world record fee and get in the history books while getting a lot to re-invest and able to rival the big guns for a while monetarily.
• We may end up with a stronger squad with more flair and less desperation while these incredible moments may be made more common from a wider range of players if we invest the money correctly.
• Bale may perform badly or refuse to play and act up much like our sublime traitorous playmaker from the Balkans, however out of character that may be.
• However none of this would matter if we end up with a weaker squad.
So which of these do you think is better:
Best Spurs XI with Bale
Possible best Spurs XI without Bale
I had my mind made up before this that selling Bale was a catastrophic idea and if we didn’t give in we could challenge for a title. If something similar to the formation above does replace him I could be wrong as the strength of this side is also pretty fearsome. However the monetary and emotional factors weigh in too as Bale is a once in a generation player. Plus do we really want 6/11 foreign players with zero premier league experience to replace the loveable lad from Cardiff, who has undergone an unbelievable metamorphosis within the hallowed walls of White Hart Lane.
He was worth £3 million to us and we nearly accepted a bid for him from Nottingham Forest in 2009 He is now worth £85 million pounds this summer at the very least and at one point unless we begin to challenge for the Champions league in the next 3 years he will leave. I just don’t think this is the time as he is a pure force of nature and is the poster boy of British football and the Premier League. Once he’s gone our bargaining power is extremely weak regarding other players. However I think that either eventuality will end in an incredible line up for the seasons to come especially with the German U21 captain, a Belgian wonderkid and super Tommy Carroll to look forward to blossoming into this quality side. It’s which answer to this conundrum which would give the most satisfaction and success immediately and in the future. I would love to see him stay especially as prize money and TV money could allow us to invest in some of those players mentioned or even better in the future.
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