It has been a good summer for Tottenham transfer-wise so far. We have brought in Paulinho and Nacer Chadli nice and early to strengthen two positions which badly needed upgrading. We saw last season what the injury to Sandro meant for us. Something was definitely missing when Scott Parker was unable to replicate his form after the injury he got following his excellent 11/12 campaign. Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are just AVB-players, with them not being mobile and quick enough to demand a place in the central positions where AVB sees power and strength as some of the most pivotal attributes. Tom Carroll is young and raw and it’s still too early to judge whether he will make it at Spurs. The new signings gives us much needed depth and quality ultimately enabling squad rotation with less risk of deteriorating performances.
If we take a look at our wingers we have excellent options in Lennon, Chadli, Townsend and (yes, he is still at Spurs) Gareth Bale. But this being Tottenham, as always when the pieces are finally falling in to place Real Madrid comes in – and they couldn’t have come in at a worse time. All summer long there has been talk of Bale moving to Madrid. Up until now I have been quietly confident that Bale would at least give us one more season. The reasons for that is the fact that he has still three years left on his contract, he has a new-born baby, he is the star in a team built around him, and also the fact that he has grown up with many of the players that are here. He seems to enjoy playing at Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson mentioned earlier in the week that many players in the first team are at the same age – which is a positive thing if you’re trying to build a team that can play together for a long time.
Although Gareth Bale hasn’t officially come out and said he wanted to leave Spurs, with each article and “breaking news” we read, the more convinced we get that his head has turned. When arguably the world’s biggest club come knocking and offers a reportedly world record sum, you have just got to take it. I could understand Bale’s frustration if we were mad enough to decline it. That I don’t think Levy – The business man would do. Levy will try to get the sum up to £90millions, and frustrate AVB who surely would like to know if Bale can be reckoned with or not. We have seen Tottenham start so badly the last few seasons; primarily because of transfer sagas’ going on right up until the window shuts. The optimal situation now would be to sell Bale inside a weeks’ time to be able to get in sufficient replacements. We could get 2 or 3 absolute top drawer players with the Bale-money. The question is – which top drawer player would like to join a club in the Europa League who has just sold their star player? We might have to look beyond the European market where all the biggest names have already changed clubs or have huge inflated fees. Sort out this Gareth Bale situation quickly, Levy. Make an official statement. Or move on – cash in, and help AVB getting his team ready for the glory, glory lilywhite season we have ahead.
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