Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bale's Dilemma

Dainel Levy is reinsurance to the notion that not all owners are out to make a profit. Tottenham owner Daniel Levy recently rejected a record breaking offer of around 85 million pounds(around 132,000,000 USD) from Real Madrid over the exciting Welsh wizard Gareth Bale. Gareth Bale; the destroyer of opposing fullbacks has hit out at the Hotspur ownership over their refusal to talks with the Spanish giants. It is becoming quite clear that Gareth Bale wishes to take his talents abroad of course this will bring more money in his pockets but would this move to Madrid become a good career decision?

All Bale has to do is look no further and ask former teammate Luka Modric, who previously the star of the Tottenham Hotspur who moved to Madrid in similar fashion. The Croatian went on to struggle for playing time although shown a few glimpses of quality including this amazing goal . With the new signing of midfielders Isco and Asier Illarramendi, Modric has an even harder time of cracking the rotation. Bale would have some difficulty as well. since the aforementioned Isco is now playing directly behind the striker, Mesut Ozil moves out into the right wing, the position Bale is projected to play. Lets not forget the Argentine, Angel Di Maria who will probably be the player lost in the shuffle but would prove more competition for Bale.

The UEFA Champions League is a main draw for the Welshman stating after the end of the Premier League he will give the Spurs one more year to make the Champions League. The Spurs obviously responded to that notion being one of the most active English clubs during the transfer window.  Tottenham signed Brazilian midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians for 17 million pounds ($26,370,000). Paulinho is a box to box midfielder scoring a total of 20 goals through 86 appearances for his three years in Corinthians, also scoring 5 goals through 17 appearances for the Brazil national team. Roberto Soldado recently arrived to White Hart Lane for a fee of 26 million pounds($40,330,000). Soldado is an out and out striker who has been a clinical finisher for Spanish club Valencia scoring an amazing 59 goals through 101 appearances! For a club who was so heavily reliant on Gareth Bale for goals surely should have done enough for him to be satisfied. Belgian winger Nacer Chadli also arrived to the English club for a fee of around 7 million($10,860,000) from Holland club FC Twente. Chadli is a utility man who can play a multitude of positions and should cause havoc down flanks along with Bale and speedster Aaron Lennon. He was convinced to join Tottenham by fellow Belgian compatriots; Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen who both are expected to follow up on their first impressive seasons at White Hart Lane. And last but not least Frenchman Etienne Capoue was bought from Toulouse for a fee of 8.6 million pounds($13,340,000), he is a 6'2 midfielder  that can play many roles in the middle of the pitch from holder to support.

Looking at both situations, Tottenham has surely done enough to be able to qualify for the Champions League, if you compare them to fellow London rivals Arsenal, they are currently a more talented team. The other three clubs(Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea) all have new managers or one that is returning for a second stint. My prediction with Tottenham if Arsenal does not produce any major signings, Tottenham will finally take the last UEFA Champions League qualifying spot over their rivals if Bale gives them one more year. With an expected improved offers from Real Madrid, it is only a matter of time before Daniel Levy allows Gareth Bale to make a decision.