Most Tottenham Hotspur fans will agree that Gareth Bale is simply irreplaceable, but their club could be faced with the reality of attempting just that with Real Madrid seemingly ready to stop at nothing to sign the Welsh forward this summer.
Various players have already been linked with Spurs as a result, and they could be able to get Angel Di Maria as part of the deal with Real Madrid, or use some of the massive transfer fee to pursue Roma’s Erik Lamela.
It is worth mentioning that neither player has indicated they would be open to a move, and Di Maria in particular might have designs on going to another Champions League club should he leave Real Madrid, but saying both were possibilities, which player would Spurs fan want more?
Lamela is the younger of the two Argentines, and is probably closer to being a direct replacement for the Bale of last season, with the 21-year-old enjoying a fantastic year cutting in off Roma’s right flank to score fifteen times in Serie A.
At 25, Di Maria is hardly old, and has bags of experience at the top level of domestic and international football. The Real Madrid man is less direct than Lamela, and with seven league goals last season, he is not as prolific in front of goal.
However he is more creative player than Lamela, setting up ten goals in total in La Liga and the Champions League last season.
In the 4-3-3 formation Andre Villas-Boas was expected to implement, Bale was likely to play on the right flank of the attacking three as a wide striker. Lamela is perhaps better suited to this role than Di Maria, but the Real Madrid man is also experienced in playing in that position, and were Villas-Boas to use the 4-2-3-1 formation of last season, then the 25-year-old is perhaps the better option.
However given his relative youth, and the potential that Lamela he has already shown, the Roma player is likely to be Spurs preferred option if they are forced to look for a Gareth Bale replacement this summer, and they might use Franco Baldini’s Roma connections to try and complete a move for the 21-year-old.
Spurs fans, what do you think? If Bale leaves, who would you want to replace him?
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