When Tottenham Hotspur narrowly missed out on the Champions League at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, despite the heroic efforts of Gareth Bale, there were many who stated that the Lilywhites would crumble after his record £86 million sale to Real Madrid (or at least not do as well).
With that money they proceeded to purchase Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Étienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela by the end of August of that year, but have since fallen further behind the top four, whilst also turning into a forgetful team, especially when you compare them with the flair and entertainment of the Harry Redknapp years.
It sometimes doesn’t produce the results one wants within the first year, but considering Eriksen is the only one out of that bunch that is now a first-team regular, and Harry Kane and Ryan Mason – who were already at the club before the influx - are two of the main players, it’s an indication that the big transformation has not worked so far.
For Gareth Bale leaving Spurs, read Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool.
Last season the Reds finished runners-up with Suarez notching 31 league goals in 33 games along with 12 assists.
He did so much more than that all around the pitch and when he left for Barcelona for a reported £75 million, Liverpool, like Tottenham, bought no like-for-like replacement - hard to find, granted.
Instead, they splashed out on Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Marković, Dejan Lovren, Albert Moreno, Mario Balotelli and Divock Origi – the latter of which went out on loan to Lille and is returning to Anfield this summer.
Despite Liverpool’s very near-title miss last season there were many who said that being without Suarez would have the same effect on them as Bale’s departure had on Tottenham. They were wrong: it was far worse.
Being without their other star striker, Daniel Sturridge for most of the season was obviously a massive, massive blow. But then they did get Balotelli, whose goal scoring ratio was not bad before he went to Anfield (a goal every 2.5 games and that is not taking into account all of the times that he was a substitute).
That was just bad business – hindsight’s a wonderful thing – but it is all part and parcel of the player recruitment world. You never know, more of the multiple signings made by the two clubs might just come good next season…if they stay that is.
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