Although it’s unfair to discount Tottenham from the Premier League title race just yet, finding themselves behind two teams that are playing consistently well means that the nine points they have to make up on Liverpool in particular is a big ask.
On the basis that they’re unable to claw back the requisite amount to see them grab some much-coveted silverware, it’s likely to have a knock-on effect.
First and foremost, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Mauricio Pochettino depart, more than likely to Real Madrid despite Manchester United’s supposed interest.
It’s clear that the Argentinian has a lot of love for the Premier League club, and the playing model he’s introduced should serve them well for years to come.
The emphasis on youth is to be lauded, and for the neutral, it’s a great shame that there aren’t trophies to show for such a wonderful footballing philosophy.
Once Poch leaves, and he won’t come cheap in any event, the north Londoners need to fight tooth and nail to hang onto their other prized assets.
Rumours continue to swirl regarding the futures of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in particular.
Of the trio, Eriksen would appear to be the most likely to move on, and a role in a new-look Real Madrid midfield would suit him and Los Blancos, given that Luka Modric seems to want to end his career in the black and blue of Internazionale.
Kane has previously hinted that if Spurs are unable to win titles then, regrettably, he may look elsewhere to fulfil his professional aspirations, and the same can probably be said of Alli.
With the centre-forward out until early March, that’s a huge blow from which the north Londoners might not recover.
However, if Levy is able to pull off a few deals in the summer, then moving into the new White Hart Lane might not be the only thing Tottenham supporters are celebrating come August, and the start of another league season.
Only the hire of a big name would be enough to pacify the Spurs faithful, and there’s one name that stands out above all others; Gareth Bale.
Given his injury history in Spain and his age – he’ll be 30 during the summer, it’s debatable as to how much Real could realistically ask for the Welshman, and publicly Florentino Perez is still likely to contend that Bale isn’t for sale.
But if the president genuinely wants to bring Neymar to the Santiago Bernabeu, then something has to give. Reasonably significant money from sales needs to be raised for a start.
Not to mention that with Vinicius Junior fast becoming the new darling of the terraces and young Rodrygo joining in the summer too, Real are looking to the future where their attackers are concerned.
Of their current squad, Bale is still one of the more marketable members, and his legend in the Spanish capital is secure.
On balance, he will be largely remembered as a success, scoring some crucial goals during his time at the club. Who can forget the Copa del Rey final winner against Barcelona, or the epic overhead kick against Liverpool which somehow still didn’t win the Puskas award.
Furthermore, he was a fully paid up member of BBC and was always a willing outlet for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Coming ‘home’ after what’s been, to this point, another disastrous domestic campaign for Real, and one in which Bale as much as anyone has had to suffer boos and whistles, may appeal to him.
He’d certainly inject some pace into what’s sometimes been a front line that’s lacked the kind of energy the Welshman can bring. A bit of zip allied to a goal threat gives them something that they don’t possess at the moment.
There are a few hurdles to negotiate before any deal is done of course, but there’s certainly merit in a return.
If Bale can help finally land a trophy too, it’ll be money well spent.