With Gareth Bale seemingly on his way to sunny Spain, and only the finer details to now agree, the question is starting to pop up. Who will Daniel Levy bring in on the left side of midfield to combat Tottenham Hotspur's loss of the Welsh wing wizard.
It seems to me that in a good percentage of Tottenham's pre-season matches Danny Rose has occupied left-back, Bale's old position. We obviously all know that Rose does not possess the talent that Bale has, but he does look good.
A few dubbed him as a one trick pony as he went quiet after his wonder-strike on his debut in a north London derby a few years ago. However after an extremely impressive season at Sunderland last year, bagging their player of the season award, he look set to steal away out of favour Cameroonian Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Rose's defensive work needs to improve, but he is still young, and his attacking flair and menacing early crosses can cause mayhem for the other defences. Could this be a big year for the young English defender, and just before the World Cup?
The biggest question on everyones lips is clearly, who will directly replace Bale? While Levy has brought in Nacer Chadli who looks a solid signing, I doubt he will be anything near a good enough replacement for the £85million man.
A few names are buzzing around at the minute, including Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, 20, and Roma's Erik Lamela, 21.
Morata is an under 21 international and seems to be very highly sought-after, with Madrid doing everything they can to keep him. The clever striker was the top scorer at the Under-21 European Championship in June, however, Levy being his usual self is seemingly demanding the young forward as part of the Bale deal.
As much as Real Madrid want to keep this young prospect, they may in the end have to choose between keeping him or getting Bale.
Roma are apparently trying to tie down their young superstar Lamela after a hugely successful campaign in 2012/13. He racked up a staggering 15 goals from the wing, and with his pure electric pace, silky skills and wicked crosses he could be the ideal replacement for Bale.
On the other hand, if Levy has his eyes on signing the young Argentinian he will have to act fast before he is tied down until 2018. With two years left on his contract even now Spurs will have to pay in excess of £25million for his signature.
We'll have to wait and see how Spurs plan to cope with a life without Gareth Bale...
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