When is the Right Time to Bale Out?

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He lit up the Lane during the last season, scoring goal of the season contenders every other match and winning games single handedly to try and lift us to those Champions League places, and who knows without injuries to key players or a 20 goal a season striker in our ranks it may have been a different story. This lead to vast speculation about Gareth Bale’s future linking him to all the European heavy weights, and most Tottenham fan’s fears became reality last week when it was announced that Real Madrid have tabled a world record £85 million pound bid and suggestions in the media that the player is ready to move on. However on Saturday, Andre Villas-Boas’ strongly denied the rumours that Gareth will move on and told press that he was very much in our future plans. What is certain is that Daniel Levy has and important decision to make on whether to cash in now or keep the player for another season or two to continue our push to the top 4, however either decision represents great risk for the future of the club.

The first option that Daniel Levy could take would be to bow in Real Madrid’s pressure and take the offer in excess of £80 million and sell the player. Most spurs fans have now come to terms with the fact that Gareth will move on to better things in the not so distant future so if it were to happen now it would stop the media frenzy and allow us the accept that he’s gone, thank him for his six seasons at the club, wish him well in his future and focus hard on replacing him. However, my main concern with selling him now is who would replace a player of Gareth’s attitude and class; my top replacement for him would be Roma’s Erik Lamela. 3 years Bale’s junior, Lamela is a skillful tricky player with European experience and a goal return of 15 goals in 33 games for Roma last season, and although he seems a ready made replacement he will come at a cost which is thought to be around £30 million pounds and there is no guarantee that he could adapt to the physicality of the premier league or repeat the performances that he did last season at the Stadio Olimpico.

The next option is that Daniel Levy sticks to his guns similar to how he did 2 years ago with Luka Modric and keep the player at all costs. Unlike Modric, Levy knows that Bale is a special player and understands that he would be hard to replace and with him in the team we can challenge for the Champions League places or potentially even the title. However, to challenge for the title Levy would have to make further additions to Paulinho, Chadli and Roberto Soldado who we have already purchased earlier on in the window, but with those players, Bale and a bit more strength in depth there is no reason why Tottenham can’t challenge for the league. Bale and Soldado scored 56 goals together in there respective leagues, so with that sort of injection up front a title challenge seems even more likely. Another reason to keep Bale is that it is good PR for the club, Gareth is hot property now becoming the face of BT sport and the first Spurs player ever to feature on the cover of the FIFA franchise, Bale features in Tottenham colours on all of his advertisements so it is showing that the club is growing in reputation worldwide and more importantly increasing the funds in the clubs finances.

 

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  1. Great article that analyses the reality of the situation "This lead to vast speculation about Gareth Bale’s future linking him to all the European heavy weights…" This statement goes a long way further as an attempt at serious journalism then sensationalised tabloids would bother to try to employ when creating their daily 50p paperback novels.

  2. Keep him, give him a massive pay rise as it'll only be for 1 season. Give him the break clause for next season. Buy at least 1 GOOdD defender like Toby from Ajax so we don't shoot ourselves in the foot letting Caulker going a bit early. Go back in for the Romanian as well he's class, bung the weird chairman some chickens or something.

  3. KEEPING A PLAYER THAT HAS HAD HIS HEAD TURNED IN THIS WAY COULD BACKFIRE ON SPURS.IF HE STAYS WILL HE STILL GIVE 110% FOR THE CLUB AND IF AT THE END OF THE SEASON WE HAVE NOT FINISHED IN THE TOP FOUR AND MISSED OUT ON THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AGAIN WOULD HE REALLY MIND SO LONG AS HE COULD FINALLY GET HIS MOVE.GARETH AT HIS BEST IS FANTASTIC BUT WOULD HIS HEART REALLY BE IN IT.SELLING HIM NOW WOULD GIVE US THE MONEY TO MAKE STRONG SIGNINGS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN FINISH TOP FOUR AND ALSO CHALLENGE FOR THE TITLE.ANY MONEY PAID MUST BE PAID IN FULL AND NOT SPREAD OVER FIVE YEARS OR MORE.COYS.

    • I'm not worried about that. Modric said his head was screwed but he turned out playing well after a few weeks.
      A professional player asking to leave would play harder to up his value. If Bale becomes lazy this season, what will RM think of him? A lackluster year will see his value drop.

  4. Have you noticed the deafening sound of silence today from Real Madrid, Marca and the rest of the media since AVB's statement last night that Bale is staying at Tottenham? It seems that the daily headline frenzy circus has been completely shocked and stunned into realising they may have been writing c**p for the past two months. All it needs now is for Lewis and Levy to hammer this home to Real Madrid in their supposed meeting this week.

  5. Levy shouldn't bother to meet with r m representative ,if bale is not for sale. If anything he should sue them and their bloody pepper for breaking any lows of transfers

  6. How can we sell bale to a club when that club doesn't actually want to pay for him up front, what would we be saying, here have our best player and pay for him when you sell enough shirts just like Modric. Maybe we could have Ronaldo in a swap and we'll pay for him when we've qualified for champions league for 3 consecutive seasons lol

    • We might have a tax issue if the fee is one time payment. Our cost for Bale was 7m in 2007 and I figure the whole amount (if there is a balance it would be minimal) of 7m would have been written off by now. Getting the full amount would mean a 100m profit this year, roughly a 23m taxbite. Trust Levy on this.

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