Writer: OyVeh Maria
Date:Sunday February 10 2013
Bale - Our One Trick Pony Well it had to happen didn't it! Just Like Le Arse won the Premiership because of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie was the difference between the Gooners being ordinary and good and Real have Ronaldo and Barcelona have Messi so the only reason why Spurs are 4th is because of Gareth Bale and his 15 goals this season.
And as some of the Toon Army disappeared down Seven Sisters Tube station on Saturday still singing Spurs are a one trick pony we all know that, without Bale's Goals, Spurs would not be fourth one point behind Chelski. As Bale was left lying on the floor clutching his leg during the Newcastle game there was a collective holding of breath in the West Stand whilst we waited to see if he was going to be able to play on.
Thanks to a complete wash out of a transfer window we are left with one player who can make the difference for us on the pitch. Of course all the media talk is about how much Bale is worth now and how he will be sold. AVB, however, is digging his heels in and saying Bale is not for sale. I would like to see the same statement come from Daniel Levy!
In June 2012 Gareth Bale signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur. Bale had been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in the summer after Harry had been sacked but instead he committed his future to Spurs until 2016. Spurs have a reciprocal deal with Real Madrid but as usual media speculation is stating that Bale may go earlier.
The pressure points on AVB, Levy and the Club are now mounting. In reality Spurs are probably just two marquee signings away from challenging for the Premiership next season if Bale stays. We have to get 4th or better this season for two reasons; if we don't, Bale may consider his options, and who can blame him, he could write his own cheque right now.
Without 4th we miss out on one of the most lucrative seasons ever for the Premiership next season with an estimated £5bn worth of TV revenue coming into the game. Anyone in the Premiership next season automatically receives a £500m uplift, if you are in the Champions League that would take the uplift to £1bn. Bale could quite rightly ask for more money from Levy next season which would compromise Levy's capped wages policy.
AVB has said that to build a successful team you have to keep your great players. To be absolutely honest we don't have any other 'great' players in our team. We have some very good ones, and Holtby is looking a great prospect, but Bale's quality is outshining the rest of the team. The question is: What reason would Bale want to stay on at Spurs when he has a worldwide stage awaiting him? And, what has Levy got to do to keep Bale and how does AVB get us 4th or better this season if Bale does get injured?
The more reliant on Bale we become the more exposed we are, which is why strategically January was a missed opportunity to help us protect Bale. That now leaves AVB to consider his options. Can we really make Bale play every game from now to the end of the season? We have 12 more Premiership matches left and possibly 5 Europa League games, if we make it to the Final. If you were AVB how would you handle Bale and the team for the rest of the season?
Written by OyVeh Maria
Date:Sunday February 10 2013
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