Tottenham Hotspur must keep Bale – or face slipping off the radar
This is the season that Tottenham Hotspur are going to finally stop being the bridesmaid and become the bride. This is the season for Tottenham Hotspur to win a trophy, finish in the Champions League position and challenge for the Europa League.
But only if Gareth Bale stays.
Bale is an integral part of any ambition that Spurs have for improving on last year’s season – and the management know it. Goals have been a problem for them. Goals not coming from their Welsh Wizard that is.
Despite the signing of Roberto Soldado, they still haven’t really addressed their striker issue. Emmanuel Adebayor can produce the goods, but too often looks like a player destined not to match his potential with his work ethic. Jermain Defoe is a good poacher of goals, and runs hard, but still doesn’t really produce the goods often enough – you have to go back to 2009/2010 to find a season where he scored more than 11 goals.
Of course, the men in charge of the club have recognised this – that’s why they have looked to bring in attacking players. Nacer Chadli and Paulinho have been brought in, both of whom score goals. But they will never match the volume of Bale. And they will probably take time to bed in, and time is something that Tottenham do not have.
Put simply, Bale is the player that can push them into higher things – he can take apart teams by himself, which is why a side like Real Madrid would want to spent such a mind boggling amount of money on him.
Not attractive enough
The money that they receive from him will be massive, and give them serious leverage in the transfer market. However, the players that they will suddenly be able to afford won’t necessarily be interested in coming to play for Tottenham.
It won’t matter if you can suddenly afford to sign Edinson Cavani or Wayne Rooney if you’re not in the Champions League and don’t have the wage structure/tax haven status that these players find so attractive in the first place. It’s the very reason they might not be able to hang on to Bale. It’s a Catch 22, and it’s a serious problem for the club.
It is the very reason that a player of Bale’s quality will be irreplaceable, and losing him would significantly dent any ambition that Tottenham have of becoming a serious challenger to the Premier League title this season, or in any season after that.