Welsh international and Spurs fan favourite Gareth Bale could be on the verge of a life changing departure.
In a period when the spotlights distillate the possible success of the still Tottenham player in foreign lands, only a few are intrigued as to what André Villas-Boas will build out of his varied and talented squad.
The answer is obviously vague and difficult to predict.
One thing is for certain: if Gareth Bale is actually leaving, the scratch will leave a notorious mark on the fair skin of Spurs. The Welsh star is on the rise to become one unforgettable name in the glorious memorial of football history, showing not only raw talent but also an outstanding pace of progression and a passionate desire for greater skies.
Although this describes the character of Bale, there is no better proof of its development than the increasing dependency of Tottenham's game in the definition and execution of the Welsh youngster.
Statistics are not always relevant, though in this case it becomes crystal clear when looking at the numbers that Gareth scored in most of the games played, often with decisive goals. A pure game-breaker.
In the worst case scenario, Bale shuts the door and moves on. One question is essential then: how strongly will this joyful prince be missed, and where (in game process) will Spurs be unbalanced?
The first step to unveil a problem is to observe it with all sincerity. Bale will be missed and the squad will suffer with this loss. Acceptance and denying the mind to live in the past is crucial to the future success of the Lilywhites.
In game process and strategy, Bale is not the most difficult players to dissect (although stopping him seems a much bigger task). For what is Spurs concern, the Welshman is decisive in two distinct aspects regarding motivation and practicality.
On the first stage, squad's cohesion and comfort are clearly entwined with the form of Bale. If Gareth delivers, Spurs look brighter; on the opposite, if he falters or stays put, the whites are embarrassingly unpredictable when it comes to results. This is a big concern for André Villas-Boas when managing the heart and the emotive façade of his squad members.
One possible solution may rest in players with great prospect as Lewis Holtby, Moussa Dembélé, Kyle Walker or even Jan Vertonghen. These are means of recreation, passion and (perhaps) brilliance, who can feel in the hole of an almost irreplaceable star. Other players might prove to be up to the test (inside the squad and future signings), and competition inside a club is a promise of good results.
The second stage of the jigsaw is the attacking role conquered by Bale. Not only is Gareth responsible for 21 of Spurs' goals (third best in the Premier League), but also there is an apparent dependency on the 23-year-old to exploit the opponent's defensive deficiencies and to open up spaces for finishing situations.
To express a good attacking display, the decisive piece is a frantic finisher. The Lilywhites' squad formation (4-2-3-1)is a strategic structure that works positively with a player comfortable inside the box, resourceful in the air and unforgivably assertive in a rapid opening. Last season, Adebayor did not deliver what was expected, Defoe showed timid versatility, and Dempsey came about as a attacking midfielder with some goals to his name. The market might hold the answer to these fragilities.
New clouds surround the Lane. André Villas-Boas grabs a complex dilemma that can lead him downcast. If he surpasses this wall, though, Spurs might prevail in their current run of form, glimpsing the shinny tinkling of some silver-wear. This management will be a decisive one.
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