Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid for a world-record breaking £86 million could happen ‘very soon’ and is almost certain to be wrapped up before the transfer window closes on Monday night.
Spurs had been hopeful of keeping the Welshman for at least one more term at White Hart Lane but the player’s dream move was too much for their star man to resist this summer.
However, rather than panic and dwell on the loss of their star player, Spurs and Villas-Boas have undertaken some of the most confident, ambitious and audacious business deals on the continent this summer.
So far Tottenham have spent £88.4 million on new additions to Villas-Boas’ squad to boost their hopes of earning a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
They’ve so far brought in Brazilian box-to-box midfielder Paulinho for £17 million, French holding midfielder Etienne Capoue for £8.6 million, Belgian winger Nacer Chadli for £7 million, Spanish striker Roberto Soldado for £25.8 million and the most recent addition Roma star Erik Lamela for a mouth-watering £30 million this week.
Whilst those fees combined surpass Bale’s expected transfer fee by £2.4 million, can those players replace the number of goals and assists the Welshman accounted for last term? Bale scored 21 goals and made 9 assists for Spurs in the Premier League alone.
Obviously Bale is just one player and the quality levels across different leagues varies considerably but, just by consolidating the goals and assists of Spurs’ new signings, it’s clear they won’t struggle to replace Bale, on paper at least.
Capoue and Paulinho are not really goalscorers or creative players in essence but they still scored 10 league goals and made two assists between them for Toulouse and Corinthians, respectively.
Winger Chadli managed an impressive 10 goals and 5 assists with FC Twente in the Eredivisie last term, whilst Lamela’s sensational account for Roma included no less than 15 goals and 5 assists in Serie A last season.
That already takes Spurs’ equivalent tally to 35 goals and 12 assists and if you throw Soldado into the mix with his 24 goals and 4 assists for Valencia last term in La Liga, the grand total is an astonishing 59 goals and 16 assists between those five players, a clear 14 goals and 7 assists better off than having Bale alone.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are ‘in talks’ with Ajax over Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen at present, as confirmed by the Dutch outfit’s director Marc Overmars. Spurs could be set to spend another £10-£12 million on the 21-year-old who netted 10 goals and made 17 assists for Ajax last term.
Should Spurs be able to successfully negotiate a deal with Eriksen, they’ll be looking in the best shape of the last decade and, even without him, it’s clear that Gareth Bale won’t be missed in terms of his contribution to Tottenham’s goal difference, points tally or bank balance.
All in all, Spurs haven’t looked in a healthier position in years.
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