Tottenham Hotspur did some excellent transfer business this summer, despite losing world-record player Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Bale moving to Madrid, means Tottenham have lost their most influential player prior to the seeing they left in the last two seasons with Luka Modric and Bale both joining Real Madrid.
It would be easy to think the club would regress, but Daniel Levy has kept a firm stance on player sales, squeezing 140M euros out of Madrid for the player. While wisely investing the money gained from sales on young talent or bargains.
The money from Bale's sale has impressively been reinvested in young prodigies Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen along with Confederations Cup star Paulinho, former Arsenal target Etienne Capoue, Spanish hotshot Roberto Soldado, another Belgian in Nacer Chadli and impressive defender Vlad Chiriches.
It's been a complete overhaul at White Hart Lane with seven additions, while Bale leaves for a world record fee, Clint Dempsey has returned to the MLS, duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore have left for Hull, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tom Carroll have joined up with former boss Harry Redknapp at QPR and Scott Parker joins his fifth London club with Fulham.
The overall complexion of Spurs' squad is much improved, but will they miss the star quality of Bale during the season? And it may take time for Spurs' signings to flourish in the Premier League, with all of them having to adapt to a new country, new division and new culture.
The work of chairman Levy and technical director Franco Baldini is commendable however. Levy and Baldini did their work very efficiently and professionally. All their summer acquisitions came before the sale of Bale, if that wasn't the case the value on those players would have been sky high.
Tottenham will again challenge for the top four, with a more complete squad and quality across the team they might feel this is the perfect time to snatch that top four berth.
That along with the continuity of the manager and Spurs being more capable of adhering to his tactics and formation will stand them in good stead.
Meanwhile, Bale is hoping to be talked about in the same bracket as some of Madrid's best ever players.
Bale said: "There have been the likes of (Zinedine) Zidane and obviously the previous ones, which were a bit before my time, like (Ferenc) Puskas and (Alfredo) Di Stefano.
"There are lot of players who have been unbelievable here, world class and legends of the game. Hopefully, I can become the player I want to be, and hopefully be in that league."
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