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Spurs can Survive and Prosper without Bale

Spurs can Survive and Prosper without Bale

When a club sells their best players, it usually means that they will struggle the following season without their key men. Clubs in the past have let go of their biggest stars for large sums of money for more than one reason and, in most cases, failed to improve on their past achievements.

Some teams can get away with it due to their size – the Manchester Uniteds of this world have allowed Beckham, Cantona, and Ronaldo to leave and still they remain at the top of the mantle.

This summer has seen Gareth Bale linked with a host of Premier League clubs and with moves into Europe, with Barcelona and Real Madrid both fighting for his signature. The transfer saga has taken months and months to complete and it seems like every day the Welshman is being linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Bale is arguably Spurs’ best player and, after a stellar season last year, his worth has sky-rocketed into eye-watering figures. But, in selling Bale, are Spurs going to be worse off?

There’s no doubt that Andre Villas-Boas will miss a man of his talent, but in selling Bale the Portuguese boss has been able to add to his squad in other areas.

Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, and the possible signing of Willian has seen Spurs dramatically improve their squad. Instead of having one key player, Villas-Boas will have the ability to draw on a number of stars as he looks to reach the Champions League, one of the most popular football events at betfair.com.

With United, Manchester City, and Chelsea all changing managers, Spurs have a great chance to bridge the gap and overtake Arsenal into fourth spot, with or without Bale.

Spurs exodus continues as Parker leaves

Spurs exodus continues as Parker leaves

Andre Villas-Boas’ revamping of the Tottenham squad has continued after Scott Parker was allowed to join Fulham on a three-year deal.

The 32-year-old former Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Chelsea midfielder has moved to Craven Cottage for an undisclosed transfer fee.

Parker has won 18 caps for England and featured in more than 300 Premier League matches. He captained his country in a friendly international against Holland and started every group match at Euro 2012.

In his final season at West Ham he was named the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year.

However, injuries restricted him to a bit-part player at White Hart Lane last season and he failed to make a first-team appearance until December, four months into the campaign.

Parker featured in 50 Premier League matches for the club but failed to find the net in any of them, having moved to Spurs from West Ham United two years ago for £5million.

He is expected to make his debut for Martin Jol’s side in this weekend’s game against Arsenal for which there plenty of fans will more than likely take advantage of an in-play bet offer.

Villas-Boas has allowed 12 players, including the likes of William Gallas, Steven Caulker, Clint Dempsey and Tom Huddlestone, to leave the club on a permanent basis already this summer, while Gareth Bale continues to be linked with a switch to Real Madrid.

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A further seven players have been loaned out, including James Livermore to Hull City, while Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue have all been signed for big fees.

Parker said of his move: “I’m delighted to be joining Fulham and I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates at training.”