Bale completed that world record transfer to Real Madrid and Tottenham wasted no time spending the cash they knew they would be getting in the process.
Spurs have signed a collection of top quality, young players over the course of the summer who will play alongside the more experienced members of the team as they look to make Champions League football for next season a reality.
However, whether they are physically able to replace Bale with someone who has a similarly impressive impact at the club remains to be seen.
“We’ve done our transfer activity and invested a lot in young players that have great potential. We will have to work with them to make sure they develop into the world stars that we think they can become,” said Villas-Boas.
Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela have all arrived and are all yet to reach their mid-20s which means generally they aren’t anywhere near their peak form yet.
If they are handled and coached in the right way by the club, it could mean Spurs have a world class collection of stars forming the very spine of their side over the coming seasons, which will make it substantially easier for the club to cope without Bale.
The benefits of what’s just happened take two main forms.
Firstly, there is every chance someone like Chadli, Eriksen or Lamela could turn into a very potent, attacking goalscoring midfielder.
If they all turn into players who attack well, show great decision making in the final third and score goals then Tottenham have three main threats to their midfield and attack, as opposed to relying on the potency of one player.
“All of them have great ambition to succeed, which is one of the criteria we wanted – ambitious people that want to win titles – and now it’s creating a team that bonds together and assumes the responsibility of winning those titles,” added the boss.
The second main benefit and area where Spurs will be better off is that generally they have a better all round team because of Bale’s departure.
AVB has more cover in a higher number of areas, which has been enabled by the Bale cash.
If the overall quality of the team improves and the number of match winners Tottenham have increases then it’s doubtful the club would be in a stronger position had Bale stayed and the new signings hadn’t arrived.
Patience is the message that AVB seems keen to stress. Tottenham have set themselves a benchmark in terms of their success over the last few seasons but the ultimate aim has to be Champions League football.
That means the side playing in a tournament that will only improve the game of each player, pushing each one closer to the world class status that the boss clearly believes them to be capable of.
Spurs fans, would you take Bale back over the new signings who have arrived?
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