When Gareth Bale was sold for the world record transfer fee of £86 million, Tottenham looked destined to reinvest in their squad in order to make them challengers once again.
Nevertheless, instead of spending their money wisely they went for quantity over quality and it backfired.
After losing such an influential figure like Bale, you can’t expect to fill his shoes with several mediocre players just like Tottenham did.
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When a star is sold he has to be replaced with a player of similar qualities or maximum two that will help the team reach the same heights, not several mediocre players that just cover gaps in the squad.
Bale’s magnificent exploits on the field were replaced with: Roberto Soldado who proved to be no more than an average striker; Erik Lamela, a talented but no doubly still raw player; Christian Eriksen, who never seems to play at a consistent level; Jan Vertonghen, a mistake waiting to happen in each game; Nacer Chadli, a talented but no doubt mid-table player and finally Paulinho, someone who had never shone in a bigger stage than South America.
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Daniel Levy must change
After this newly-assembled squad was put together at White Hart Lane it was evident that there was still something missing in the team.
Together they form a great squad but none of them has that spark that the very best do. Not even Willian who Spurs tried to sign and he rightly so rejected in favour of Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian was smart enough to realise that only a fool would have seized the opportunity to join the new Blue revolution instead of the sinking ship that Tottenham was destined to become.
The Bale money should have been instead spent on one or two quality players and using the spare change for one or two squad players instead of assembling an almost new squad of utility players with no stars.
Until Daniel Levy stops managing Spurs as a business and instead as a football club they will be destined for Europa League or even worse after the magnificent work over at Southampton.
A football club can't and shouldn’t be run as a business - it simply isn’t one. If you don’t believe me go and ask over the Newcastle what they think of Mike Ashley’s philosophy.
Tottenham are destined to go that path if they don’t change their ways and realise that to compete at the very top you need stars, not squad players.