Sir Alex Ferguson once said “There is no value in the transfer market”. Looking at the current transfer window, you would actually be inclined to agree with him.
When Fernando Torres signed for Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m barely a couple of years ago, many scoffed at the idea that he could be worth so much. Yet, before barely a month had passed since the opening of the transfer window this summer, three players had already been signed by clubs for more than €50m.
Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Neymar and had all moved to Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco and Barcelona respectively in deals worth over €50 m on each occasion.
And now it looks as if Gareth Bale is all set to become the fourth player to be added to that list this year, if reports of a World Record £100m bid by Real Madrid are to be believed.
Whilst many Spurs fans are undeniably upset over the prospect of their most prized asset moving away, things aren’t as bad as they seem - here's why Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid might not be the worst thing, after all.
Money, Money, Money
First things first, although football is not all about the money, turning down £100 m for a player seems like a silly thing to do, no matter how great the player.
After all, it is probably £30m more than what they could realistically get, if it was any club apart from Real Madrid, whose myopic view of being a “big club” means that it has always been a “buy a big player first and work out where he plays later” philosophy.
With £100 m in their kitty, Spurs can definitely look to improve their squad vastly and fill the void left by Gareth Bale. After all, no matter, how great a player, as the old cliché goes, there are not many things money can’t buy and in football, that is especially true.
Arrival of proven Goal Scorer
The arrival of the 28-year-old Spanish striker Roberto Soldado will definitely ease the burden of goal scoring and will no doubt strengthen the Spurs' strike force. With his quick, direct and relentless movement, he will fit in seamlessly with the Spurs attack.
Also, with a proper centre forward in Soldado, to score and link play, the rest of the team should bring in more goals, as opposed to last season's increasing reliance on Bale scoring from nothing. Because, before last season, Bale was one of a group of good players in the team, not the standout best and it was mostly his goals that elevated him to this status and the presence of a proven goal scorer should nullify that aspect.
Problem of plenty in midfield
With the recent acquisition of Paulinho, Spurs seem to have a midfield that is capable of giving anyone a run for their money. With André Villas-Boas preferring a three man central midfield, in Sandro, Paulinho and Dembele, they have a trio who are capable of dominating a midfield and also possess an abundance of physicality, creativity and the ability to dribble past players.
This means that they will be less reliant on the starting off attacks from the wings like last year. But, with Lennon on the right, the promising Chadli on the left and with Holtby and Sigurðsson coming on from the bench, they certainly have a lot of creativity in midfield, even if Bale leaves and Spurs don’t sign a like for like replacement.
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