Gareth Bale has been a vital player for Spurs, with the Welsh maestro the main man at White Hart Lane.
His impressive performances and creative abilities have attracted a number of big clubs who are interested in acquiring his services, and if on-going media speculation is to be believed, Real Madrid are the front-runners with a word-record transfer looking increasingly likely.
If Bale does in fact leave for Spain, replacing such an important player with a match-winning prowess will prove a difficult task for the north London club.
Here we examine some possible replacements.
First is a player who Spurs recently acquired, Nacer Chadli - a Belgian left-winger who recently arrived from FC Twente for a fee in the region of £7 million.
The 23-year old has impressed in the Netherlands ever since arriving as a teenager, and demonstrated his talents last season, scoring 19 goals in 27 appearances for Twente.
Chadli can also boast Champions League experience, and first attracted Spurs' attention in 2010 when the two sides met in the tournament, as he managed to score against them in both group fixtures.
Despite being a very smart piece of business, the transfer of Chadli was not intended for him to be the replacement of Bale, but in fact as cover for the left-wing position or to allow the Welshman to play a more central role whilst still having an attacking talent operating on the left. The Belgian still has room to develop and is certainly not the finished article, and is currently incapable of filling Bale’s boots on his own.
Spurs fans will undoubtedly look for a big name to replace Bale and if rumours prove to be true, Angel Di Maria could be on his way to White Hart Lane as part of an player-plus-cash exchange deal. The Argentinian is a very capable player, and has plenty of experience playing at the highest possible level although he can lose his cool as he has demonstrated numerous times for Madrid.
Putting temperamental issues aside, Di Maria frightens defenders with his skilful dribbling abilities and burning pace, and he certainly has an eye for a pass, with a very impressive 38 assists in 90 games for Real. Although his goalscoring isn’t quite at the level of Bale, this could in fact work in Spurs favour. Where they struggled last year was in the striker position, with Defoe and Adebayor struggling with inconsistent form and injuries throughout the campaign. However with Spurs signing the prolific Soldado from Valencia, what they may in fact need is a player capable of providing excellent service to the frontman. If Di Maria’s track record is anything to go by then he will fit in well at the club.
Also on the list is the highly-rated Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen. Currently at Ajax, a move away from Holland is certainly on the agenda, with the Premier League being his preferred destination. Whilst Liverpool are also interested, Spurs seem to be the more desirable choice, as they are currently more capable of competing at the highest level than their rivals. Whilst Eriksen lacks the pace and goal-scoring of Bale, he offers a creative outlet for the team, and would certainly link up well with Spurs industrious midfield containing the likes of Paulinho, Sandro and Dembele, being able to provide quality service to the strikers.
He has proven at Ajax that he is an accomplished player, and due to the fact that his contract is expiring next summer, it means Spurs would not have to break the bank in order to land him. Eriksen certainly looks to be a viable option for Spurs.
On first looks, Bale is seemingly irreplaceable, but if Spurs can adjust their style so as they are not as reliant on one player, they should in fact be able to continue to succeed should they lose him. It is looking increasingly likely that a move to Real Madrid for Bale is on the horizon, but yet the future seems promising for Tottenham providing they can adequately replace him.
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