It's quite a common conundrum in modern day football; would you rather have one great player, or a host of very good ones in his place?
Nine times out of ten the rational answer is the latter. Individual brilliance is rarely a substitute for a well oiled machine and the age old adage of 'one man doesn't make a team' is only proven wrong once every few decades.
So looking at Tottenham's chances now that they have traded in superstar Gareth Bale for Roberto Soldado and co. it's a fairly reasonable assessment to say that they are generally improved.
Spurs have raided their coffers this season to bring in a host of desirable talents from all over Europe. The fact that their record fee paid for a player was broken three times in the same window serves as a good indication for the type of aspirations they have formulated for the forthcoming campaign.
Sure Gareth Bale exited, but in his place Spurs have strengthened their side to the point where the weak chinks in the armour are noticeably less frequently found than in last season's squad- and that's saying something for a team that only missed out on fourth place by the smallest of margins.
With their summer influx Tottenham have created a squad that looks capable of challenging on all fronts. Fans expecting a full-scale assault on the Premier League crown might just fall the wrong side of the optimism borderline it must be said, but for the most part Villas-Boas' charges can hope for more than a 'they gave it their best shot' scenario.
In the cases of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches, Tottenham have bought well for the future. Lamela and Eriksen in particular have been touted for bountiful careers, and it wouldn't be an altogether ludicrous bet to stake that Gareth Bale's name might be forgotten sooner than expected if either of the two enjoy successful starts to life in north London.
Roberto Soldado is a clinical goalscorer who I'm amazed wasn't sounded out by the likes of Manchester United or Arsenal when they anticipated future striking problems late last season. Paulinho and Etienne Capoue both look strong midfield assets, and add depth to an already impressive area of Tottenham's arsenal.
For me, Tottenham should be looking at Champions League qualification as an absolute minimum. As previously mentioned, talks of a first league title since 1961 can be treated as hasty, but the domestic cups are very much up for grabs.
If Andre Villas-Boas can allow his side to gel whilst at the same time gathering a steady sense of momentum, there's no reason why his squad can't be more than a match for the very best out there.
Earlier I talked about men who break the 'one man doesn't make a team' mould. For the record, Gareth Bale isn't one of those men.
For Tottenham, the £85million they received could prove to be more beneficial than any of his goals.
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