Opinion: Four players Spurs could replace Bale with the second time around

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Daniel Levy

Last week, Gareth Bale revealed that it was his plan to return to Real Madrid this summer. 

Even if taken out of context, it is still looking increasingly likely that Gareth won’t be in North London next season and with players such as Bergwijn and Lamela not performing on a consistent basis, it looks like we need another winger to replace Bale… again. 

So, who could that be? 

Nicholas Gonzalez- Stuttgart 

According to David Ornstein and Lyall Thomas, one option that Spurs are said to be interested in is Stuttgart winger, Nicholas Gonzalez. The Argentine has pace, finesse, footballing intelligence and a wicked left foot. 

The versatile 22-year-old has scored six goals and registered two assists this season in the Bundesliga (TransferMarkt).

More than this, Gonzalez has already hinted at wanting to leave Stuttgart in the future. He told Sport Bild, “I’m happy here. But I want to get to the next level, to progress, at some point.” 

To top it off, his current manager, Pellegrino Matarazzo, described him as a “winner” and said: He wants to win at all costs. He always gives 100 per cent.”

At a reported £27 million, Gonzalez is definitely one Levy should be looking at. 

Raphina- Leeds United 

Raphina is a player who has come to the attention of many this season with his breakthrough campaign at Leeds. The 24-year-old pacey and skillful winger has registered six goals and five assists in the Premier League this year (TransferMarkt).

Raphina seems like a special talent who has the skill set and goal-scoring ability to make it at the top level. He consistently performs and actively contributes to goals, while he is also a player who also creates chances averaging 2.1 key passes per game (SofaScore).

A negative aspect to this deal would have to be his price tag. He wouldn’t come cheap at 24 years old, playing for another Premier League side with a contract running until 2024.

However, his class is top draw and, with Premier League experience, should a player Spurs are actively looking at for a future transfer 

Pedro Goncalves- Sporting Lisbon 

Pedro Goncalves (22) is a versatile attacker who ordinarily plays as an attacking midfielder but can also play as a winger. 

In the Liga Nos this season, he has scored fifteen goals and recorded three assists (TransferMarkt). This is his debut season for Sporting and has led them to go top of the table, 10 points clear of Porto. 

In comparison to Bruno Fernandes, who he replaced at Sporting, he is only 5 goals away from Bruno’s highest ever goal tally in the Liga Nos, and there are still 10 games to be played (TransferMarkt).

Although he likes to play down the middle in an attacking midfield role, this is still a position that needs filling at Tottenham. Goncalves has a significant potential and should be a target that we snap up before his price rockets up and other top clubs come in for him.

Pedro Neto- Wolves 

Another rising Premier League star is Wolves’ Pedro Neto. Neto has really kicked on in the 20/21 season with five goals and four assists (TransferMarkt). The pacey 21-year-old has caused problems for Premier League defences all season. 

He has a wand of a left foot and immaculate dribbling skills, equally comfortable on the left and the right.  Pedro Neto is another Portuguese star who Levy should be looking out for.

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