Those of you familiar with my particular style of articles will recognise that I avoid declaring I have any ‘In the Know’ knowledge, but instead attempt to craft a vein of common sense throughout the passion and well…bullshit of the numerous stories and rumours we receive in the Spurs community.
I turn today to address the most prevalent theme currently monopolising our fan sites: The Bale Sale.
I have discussed this before when the figures being touted were considerably less than they are now, and still felt that with the right reinvestment, the situation could be salvaged.
The price has since sky-rocketed and you know what, strangely I am now of the opinion that the situation for us can only be better!! They are talking about £105 million!
It is not often that I, a lifelong avid Tottenham fan, find myself echoing the thoughts of Arsene Wenger, but seriously, how can we turn that down?!
Bale is special, but that money could buy two or three top top players. I, for the purposes of illustration only, suggest both Luis Suarez and Juan Mata. Both were considered in the top five best players of last season; both score goals; both get assists and both could be obtained for about £75 million.
While the thought of Bale departing does leave a slightly sick feeling in my stomach, surely the chance to have a front three of Suarez, Soldado and Mata (all Spanish speakers incidentally, for the purposes of stronger bonds and better understanding in training), is mouth-watering enough to ameliorate the despair just a little bit?!
It should be. Suarez has been excellent since he came to England (aside from a few notable exceptions where he appears to have been struck down by some form of dementia), and Mata is, well, Mata.
Bale provides power and pace, but little creativity when Spurs are in a tight spot.
I am sure some of you are reading this thinking Southampton, Newcastle, Norwich, West Brom, are to name but a few exceptions to this, but in each case it was pace and power that got us those goals and it wasn’t always successful.
What we often lacked were ideas, something which both Mata and Suarez have in abundance.
Soldado provides the cutting edge we really need, and Suarez provides top class striker cover if he gets injured.
It’s time for honesty and forward planning, and if fans are honest with themselves, maybe it would be better to take the Bale sale and turn it into an exceptionally talented Plan B, one which might just prove to have been better than Plan A all along.
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