Why are Tottenham so insistent on Alvaro Morata in any Bale deal?

Alvaro Morata

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly standing firm on their insistence that Alvaro Morata is included in any deal for Gareth Bale.

The money isn’t a problem, Real Madrid have made it clear they will pay big for the Welshman but it’s a bit confusing as to why Spurs are so insistent on Morata being included in the deal and not one of Real Madrid’s higher profile first team regulars.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is thought to be a close advisor and admirer of the 20-year-old striker, keen to stop him from leaving the club because of the clear potential and ability he has.

Spurs will be letting a world class star and their best player leave the club if the deal happens, but it’s a surprise they seem to want to take a gamble on a youngster when there are more concrete options on the table.

For example, Karim Benzema is a good example of a striker Spurs could push to get included in the deal, someone who would fill the current void in attack and someone who would help subsidise the goals which will be lost through Bale’s departure.

Spurs would also be well within their rights to pluck Real Madrid players from other areas such as Kaka, Angel Di Maria, Pepe or Fabio Coentrao.

Perez seems so reluctant to let him leave because of the way Real Madrid are trying to emulate Barcelona, bringing through home grown players into the first team as opposed to consistently doing what they are about to do, buying in from foreign leagues.

Spurs could well be trying to follow the original method they used when Bale first joined them from Southampton, which is clever but it’s a huge risk.

Bale arrived as a clearly talented teenager before slowly progressing into the first team, becoming the obvious star that he is today, which means that original investment Spurs made turned out to be a solid idea.

However, there is no guarantee that someone like Morata could have the same sort of impact but in effect, that’s the beauty of the gamble.

He’d be arriving at Spurs more developed and as a more sophisticated and clever attacking player than Bale was when he first joined the North London club.

Given the right coaching, attention and time in the first team, he could turn out to be one of Spain’s most prolific strikers, possibly more effective than Fernando Torres was during his time with Liverpool.

It’s also fair to argue that it’s a good move for Spurs because Morata is someone who could play in several generations of Tottenham teams, if they can ensure that he stays at the club for the majority of his career.

It’s a gamble considering the quality of Real Madrid’s first team squad but there is clear theory behind Tottenham’s insistence on having him.

What do you think? Would you rather Spurs went after someone else if they’re going to sell Bale?

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