In the present times, one player on every clubs wish-list is Gareth Bale.
With transfer fees as high as £100 million being touted for the player, should Tottenham consider selling their best asset on the pitch?
Will they benefit from his sale and develop into a better team or fade away into oblivion following his departure?
Everyone is aware of the astounding numbers garnered by Bale in the last season. So I am not going to drool over the same.
There is no doubting the fact that Bale won games single-handedly last season, with thunderous strikes in the dying stages.
But is there a reason why Spurs had struggled to score in regular time? Why did they have to rely so heavily on Bale as the season progressed? Does this have anything to do with the way Bale plays?
Bale is the traditional winger every English manager dreams of having in his team.
But when you move your best winger in the squad into a more central position without buying a replacement for him, you are bound to struggle creating chances from the wing.
The lack of assists from Bale throughout the season was evident. The team was clearly missing the pace down the flank and the pin-point deliveries across the box.
Coming to Bale's new position down the middle. He is not technically gifted to play in the hole and link up play.
He needs space to work, which is available at a premium in the centre of the park.
With the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas, Spurs changed from a counter-attacking team to a possession intensive team.
Against the lesser teams, with lots of possession, you need someone who can link up play in the number 10 role. Bale? He might develop in the next couple of years, but at the moment he is not playmaker material.
Spurs dug their own grave in every game by playing Bale down the middle and got Bale(d) out in most of those games. They made their own path to being a one-man-team.
AVB needs to change this and quickly.
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