As Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale moves to Real Madrid for the sort of stratospheric fee that soothes Fiorentino Perez’s Galactico-induced ego,they have been spurred to reinvest in the transfer market and not cushion their backsides on a pile of cash is valued at £86m plus add-ons. Also read: Euro 100mn deal: Gareth Bale bests Cristiano Ronaldo,joins him at Real Madrid
Their young manager Andre Villas-Boas impressed upon his ambitious,hard-nosed chairman the need for new players and a new way of working the market in their quest for regular Champions League football. Also read: Gareth Bale to Real Madrid CF – A dream move?
Spur’s most important business in the off season has also been the one that has flown under the radar the appointment of Franco Baldini as Tottenham Hotspur’s technical director at Villas-Boas’ insistence. The Italian had deftly reinvested the potential funds from Bale’s transfer to transform a potentially crippling transfer into one that has redrawn the squad. Also read: The more expensive the player,the more uproar: Carlo Ancelotti on Gareth Bale
A lack of consistency among their strikers and a lack of squad depth was one of the main reasons Spurs fell just short of CL qualification for the past two seasons. The new buys are aimed at addressing this issue. Vlad Chiriches (£8.5m) gives cover to their backline while Paulinho,picked from Corinthians for £17m,has provided stability and movement at the base of midfield,something Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone – both sold – could not achieve consistently. Etienne Capoue (£9m) will challenge Paulinho and provide options in midfield.
Bale’s attacking presence will be missed but Spurs have added in that area too. The £30m spent on Spain international Roberto Soldado is already proving to be smart money the striker has scored in both league games while winger Nacer Chadli (£7m) and Erik Lamela (£26m) should slot straight into the first team. Add to this Ajax’s Christian Eriksen,and the squad looks set to challenge.
In a way,Spurs have also insured themselves against disaster. Depending on a strengthened squad instead of a star individual means the side won’t suffer in the event of an injury to the go-to man. What they are losing is a match-winner. What they are getting though,is a collective that arguably,is stronger than what they have had till date.