Tottenham have been a different club this season as they've looked to move ahead of their London rivals.
It’s without doubt Spurs wouldn't have got this far without their growing superstar- Gareth Bale, but with recent injuries to the Welshman, will the club start to slip and drop points?
On Sunday afternoon Spurs dropped two points at home, after a difficult and agonising 2-2 draw against Everton. Spurs started well, and they managed to get off to a perfect start after Adebayor finished within the first minute of play.
As the game went on however, it was clear to see that Spurs struggle without their talisman. They didn’t have the same attacking mind, and none of the players attacked and defended in the same mind-frame as the Welsh international.
Bale has made an impact in most of Tottenham’s games, and it’s fair to say that they would be a completely different team without him. Bale has scored 17 of the 55 goals the London side have in total in the league this season.
Whilst the club have talent in Defoe, Lennon, Dembele and Sigurdsson, it’s very difficult to see Tottenham fight through the remaining games like they have in recent months. Bale has been the centre of the club’s success this season, and the draw against Everton, is a possible sign that the club will be running low without him.
Villas-Boas has said he hopes Bale will return for the Manchester City clash in two weeks, - but there could be more points dropped in the mean time. The club are currently only two points clear of Arsenal, who have a game in-hand and are on a great run of form.
Spurs’ season simply may be in jeopardy, and they may lose out on a top four finish, unless Arsenal or Chelsea make any slip-ups of their own.
The last handful of games are going to be crucial for Spurs, and the loss of Bale is only going to make a difficult battle, that little more frightful. This is a chance for the club to prove that they are more than just a one-man team, but if Spurs aren't careful, the recent knock on Bale may be a controversial reason as to why the club failed to win the London battle for a top four finish this season.
All Tottenham can do is cope without their talisman for a couple of games, and see through the rest of the season with back-to-back victories, to ensure a higher chance of that all-important top four finish.
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