The Gareth Bale transfer saga came to a concrete end this summer with the Welsh wing-wizard becoming the most expensive player in world football.
The gigantic fee of £86m was paid by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to acquire the services of a man who single-handedly won numerous matches for the north London side last season.
Bale was crowned with 'superstar' status long before his move to Madrid and was seen as the main cog in the Tottenham wheel.
His departure has left at gap in Andre Villas-Boas's side. A gap that may not be able to be filled with £100m worth of talent. The Bale revenue was spent before it was even in Daniel Levy's back pocket after the acquisitions of Spain striker Roberto Soldado, Brazilian Paulinho and Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, amongst others.
With Bale, Tottenham were a side with a backbone. They had the solid foundation to work around and build to become genuine title contenders. The Spurs faithful knew that no matter that circumstances the game was never lost with the 24-year-old on the pitch.
Financially it was the correct decision to sell Bale. That sum of money for any one player can not be declined. But a part of my still believes somehow it was the wrong decision.
Soldado was a 20-goal striker in La Liga and Lamela a double figure hit man in Serie A, add Paulinho to this list and it would seem logistically a smart move from Spurs.
But at present they do not have that one player who makes them standout above the rest.
Manchester United have Robin van Persie, Arsenal have Mesut Ozil, Liverpool have Luis Suarez and Manchester City have Sergio Aguero.
Chelsea have an array of superstars - not to mention Jose Mourinho at the helm.
Understandably it will take time for the new Spurs blood to adjust to their surroundings in the Premier League, just as it took Bale time to become the player he now is. But I do not believe any of these players have the spark to make the club what they want to be.
With Bale last season they finished fifth in the league and despite this looking like a poor feat with a 'superstar' amongst their ranks, it could have been the start of an new era for Spurs.
Tottenham fans will have already mended their broken hearts since the summer and be looking at the positives - such as the relatively solid start to the season and the emergence of Eriksen in his first few weeks at White Hart Lane.
But unless Tottenham promote themselves as a title winning side by persuading a 'superstar' to set up home in Villas-Boas's side, it will be hard for others to believe they have what it takes to achieve the ultimate accolade in English football.
If Tottenham's aim for the season is simply to qualify for the Champions League then that is their prerogative. But it could just be the start of a new 'Bale saga' with the club having to prevent another starlet using the club as a stepping stone to greater things.
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