Much has been written and said about Gareth Bale recently, but should Tottenham pay the Wales international up to £150k-a-week to keep him at White Hart Lane?
As a Tottenham fan I think that the club should break the bank to keep him. But with my head I am thinking that we should stick to our wage structure.
Now I realise that he has scored 11 goals in nine games and some of those have won us games, notably in the 90th minute against Lyon and West Ham. But is it worth the clubs future to break the bank on one player when as was saw against Arsenal and Inter Milan we are more than just a one man team? Yes, Bale has been getting a lot of headlines with regards to his goals, but Parker and Dembele have been immense for Tottenham this season yet we are still regarded as a one man team.
Now I know how good Bale is - watching him for the past four years grow has been a joy. But it could of all been different had we loaned him to Nottingham Forrest. Harry Redknapp gave Bale a chance in the squad at left-back when Benoit Assou-Ekotto was injured. Bale went from strength to strength and Harry played him on the left wing - a masterstroke in my opinion.
Tottenham then went on to get Champions League football that season and then Balemania commenced. After watching Tottenham destroy Inter Milan last night it reminded me of his second-half performance, when he announced himself onto the world football scene.
Bale continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid and I don't see where he would fit into that system - he can't play behind the striker as that is Cristiano Ronaldo's position. They would not take out the best player in the world. Bale couldn't get in on the flanks either with Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain at the club. For me, Bale going there would stunt his growth as a player and I feel he would be better off staying at Tottenham and playing games.
Spurs look to be in a great position to get Champions League football next year. I feel that they are building a team which could be something very special at White Hart Lane. Under Andre Villas-Boas I feel that Bale has improved so much and even grown into a new position although I have to admit that I love watching him terrorise the opposition's full-back.
In my opinion I think that Tottenham are a club that are going places who can offer Bale everything that the big European clubs can. With the new training ground which is state of the art and the new stadium which talks are ongoing, Tottenham are a club moving in the right direction which I think can grow alongside Bale. I hope that Bale can give back to the club where he has made his name. If this was back in the day I would be more confident of him staying as there was loyalty, but that no longer exists in modern-day football.
So for the moment I will enjoy seeing Bale in a Tottenham shirt and look forward to them challenging for honours.
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