Few things are certain about Gareth Bale’s future, but one thing that we can be sure of is the fact he will be playing in white next year.
However, it remains to be seen whether it will be the lil ywhite of Tottenham or the legendary ‘Blancos’ of Madrid.
Spurs chairman David Levy’s unwillingness to sell to major English rivals means that if Bale does leave then it will more than likely be to Real Madrid. But the question is: if indeed he does go, is it the right thing to do?
History would suggest not; when looking at British-born players who have ventured abroad with huge expectations, very few have succeeded.
The only real successes you can think of are David Beckham and Gary Lineker; the latter struck 21 goals in his first season for Barcelona, and had it not been for a series of injuries may have gone on to achieve much more.
But the players that jump to mind are Jonathan Woodgate, who after sealing a £13.8m move from Newcastle to Real Madrid scored an own goal and was sent off on his debut, Chelsea and Spurs great Jimmy Greaves and Liverpool legend Ian Rush.
When you look through these names you would think the odds of the Welshman succeeding are slim, that plus the more than likely world record transfer fee that would inevitably be hung over his head should he move, suggests he should stay put.
But then again who’s to say that he can’t succeed?
He has all the tools to succeed in the Spanish game: fast, powerful, good in the air, a hammer blow of a left foot and he’s not opposed to going to ground when prompted.
Never has a British player with all these attributes been given the chance to go abroad; saying that have we ever had a British player like Gareth Bale? Certainly if he were to go to the Spanish capital then he would get to learn from the best around, Cristiano Ronaldo. Should he stay at Madrid amid mounting interest from his former club Manchester United.
Certainly there is a case for both arguments but I think the answer to the question lies with his current club, Tottenham. Despite agonisingly missing out on Champions League football, again, the north Londoners look to be improving.
With the impending arrival of Brazilian Paulinho and the increasingly likely signing of David Villa who is to say that Spurs can’t get Champions League football if not the title itself.
Of course it seems ridiculous to tout Tottenham as being title contenders but next year’s Premier League promises to be the most exciting campaigns of all time for the pure fact that its outcome is a mystery.
So I think the answer for the Welsh magician whom it is worth mentioning has shown absolutely zero desire to leave White Hart Lane, is to wait. A year, maybe two.
If Tottenham improve and start winning competitions then he has no need to leave. If not then there will always be a place for him at Real Madrid.
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