2. Gareth Bale

Oh how different Spurs' start to the season could have been if they had just managed to reject the persistent and unsubtle advances of Real Madrid and keep hold of their star asset.

While Bale's world-record departure to the Santiago Bernabeu vindicated the club's decision to spend heavily on new attacking recruits earlier this summer, his habit of producing spectacular goals out of nothing is sorely missed at White Hart Lane.

If you would offer Tottenham fans the choice between investing in the likes of Soldado and Erik Lamela or keeping hold of Bale, there is no doubt what they would have opted for.

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