Well here we are again, Spurs are on the brink of what could be their most exciting season for years and if the pressure was on ABV last season it was nothing like the pressure and expectation he will have to cope with in this coming season.
Spurs have started the transfer window well, that is of course well for Spurs, both Paulinho and Nacer Chadli are brilliant signings and if we can land Roberto Soldado this week it will leave us just two more signings to go to complete a very successful transfer window, even now the squad is immeasurably stronger than last season, particularly with the return of Sandro and Kaboul which will be like another two world class signings.
And at last it looks like we are moving out the fringe players with Bentley and Gallas gone and hopefully Livermore, Tom Huddlestone, Gomes, Parker, Ade etc. moved off the payroll together with a whole bunch of players who never made the grade.
But what about Gareth Bale, should Spurs hold fast or sell him, no matter what Levy decides it is a gamble because if he stays and gets injured or suffers a dip in form due to pressure then his value will plummet but if Spurs sell and are unable to get adequate replacements we could be struggling for that 4th place, or would we, I don’t think so but it is a gamble.
It is a big gamble but the man who will have the last say is Daniel Levy who holds all the Aces because football is a business and there is a time to sell players which can sometimes be determined by the attitude of the player himself.
Daniel Levy also has to balance paying for the new training ground and the essential new stadium which is now becoming urgent and in this Spurs are extremely lucky to have a Chairman of the calibre of Levy who must rank as probably the best in the premiership.
Now we come on to Bale proper and just when are the authorities going to bring Real Madrid to task, I thought tapping up a player was illegal but they have been tapping up Gareth Bale aggressively from before the transfer window opened or are Real Madrid just too big and powerful, what we have seen from Real Madrid over Gareth Bale are the tactics of a spoilt child and surely someone in authority must charge them with breaking the rule’s of the game!
The other element in this is Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett who should be looked at for his apparent unprofessional conduct during this whole affair which shows the very nature of agents motivated by greed, I may be completely wrong but this all looks suspiciously like an agent after his £4m cut from the fee, he may not get another chance, it is not about what is good for Gareth Bale.