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Spurs striking options – who could make a difference?

Spurs striking options – who could make a difference?

Tottenham invested heavily over the summer as they tried to fill the void left by Gareth Bale, and while they have filled his place in midfield they are seriously missing his goal scoring exploits.
Although new signing Roberto Soldado has been more than promising, the side do at times look short of a striker.We’ve taken a look at some of the strikers Spurs may look towards in the coming transfer windows, just to whet the appetite of any football transfer betting fans out there

Javier Hernandez
The diminutive striker is Tottenham’s main target and many believe the Mexican would be open to a move to London. With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of him in the Manchester United pecking order it is rumoured that he wants to leave. He wants to be firing on all cylinders for the 2014 World Cup and although United boss David Moyes doesn’t want to sell the striker, he may be able to force through a £15million move.

Christian Benteke
There has been a lot of talk that Spurs may try and sign Benteke in January. There can be no doubting Benteke’s quality; last season his goals alone kept Aston Villa up. Paddy Power price Benteke at 25/1 to be the league’s top scorer but if he were to move to Tottenham expect those odds to tumble. Signing Benteke midway through the season would not be easy as Villa are financially sound and not willing to sell a star player. If Villas-Boas turns towards Benteke then he will need to shell out well over £25million. A move for Benteke is doubtful at best.

Stephen El Shaarawy
The 20-year-old has fallen out of favour at AC Milan and would fit the Tottenham mantra perfectly. El Shaarawy impressed last season but has seen his game time marginalized since the arrival of Mario Balotelli and is rumoured to want out. With a credible goal scoring record and plenty of years left in him, Tottenham would be very interested in bringing him to North London. If they can stump up the required £25million then Shaarawy could well be heading to the Lane.

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.

Bale to Real claims in Spanish Newspaper Marca

Bale to Real claims in Spanish Newspaper Marca

It may not be the most reliable source of information in the world, but Spanish newspaper Marca are claiming that Gareth Bale is on the brink of agreeing a six deal with La Liga giants Real Madrid. According to Marca, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has met with senior officials at Madrid and worked out a lucrative long term contract for his prize asset. Also mentioned in the article is the fact that Barnett told Real president Florentino Perez that Bale has “wanted to play at Real Madrid since he was a kid,” and showed him a photograph of the player wearing a Madrid shirt when he was 10 years old. That’s when my bullshit radar hit the red zone.

Tottenham and Real Madrid have a partnership agreement and both clubs have claimed that no offer has been made or accepted. I really can’t see Gareth Bale’s agent going behind Levy’s back to negotiate a deal with another club that Spurs themselves have a great relationship with. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas reiterated the club’s stance on the transfer of Bale today;

“I want to repeat what I was telling you last season and what I was telling you from the beginning of pre-season so I cannot extend myself.

“He is a player that we are willing to continue to have. He’s a Tottenham player, he’s one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment and we are counting on him for the future.”

Bale doesn’t look like being in the 2014 mobile World Cup betting picture as his Wales side are languishing in 4th spot in qualification, and it could be that he’s keen to embark on a new challenge on the world stage. I personally expect Bale to remain at White Hart Lane for another year, and depending on what Spurs achieve this coming season, he might well be on the move come the end of the campaign.

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Have the PFA Awards Sealed Gareth Bale’s Exit?

Have the PFA Awards Sealed Gareth Bale’s Exit?

Gareth Bale achieved an amazing PFA double last night when landing both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. He becomes only the third player to win both accolades in the same season, and the first since Christiano Ronaldo in 2007. With Spurs’ chances of playing Champions League football next season still hanging in the balance, will the Welsh wonder now be on his way out of White Hart Lane?

Not since Ronaldo at Manchester United has the Premier League seen a player with such impact and who can turn games so quickly, something I’m sure In play betting punters will have benefited from this season. I’ve lost count of the number of games that Bale has rescued for Tottenham during this campaign and to lose a player of this calibre could really hurt the progress of the club for years to come.

Real Madrid are being touted as the favourites to land Gareth Bale’s signature, with the bookies installing the Spanish giants at odds of 6/4. Madrid have endured a tough season, lying a long way behind Barcelona in the race for the title and looking likely to exit the Champions League at the semi final stage. A marquee signing the quality of Bale would go a long way to appeasing the disgruntled fans and he’d definitely be a great addition to their squad.

Daniel Levy isn’t likely to let his prize asset leave on the cheap as his previous negotiations with player sales demonstrate. Transfer fees around the £100m mark have been mentioned and any offer around that kind of figure would definitely be hard to refuse. I’m obviously still hopefully Andre Villas-Boas men can win their remaining fixtures and secure a top four finish but I still don’t believe that will guarantee that Bale will begin next season in a Tottenham shirt.

We need something from Man City

We need something from Man City

The race for fourth place isn’t over till it’s over. Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea fans have all been guilty of premature celebrations as far as securing one of the elite positions behind the two Manchester clubs is concerned. The bookies are still divided on who they believe will land a Champions League spot as this review of sportsinteraction sportsbook demonstrates. Before this weekend’s round of fixtures, Spurs are the outsiders of the three sides at odds of 11/8 to finish in the top four, but a victory over Manchester City would likely have the constantly fluctuating prices change once again. Are Andre Villas-Boas men up to this task?

This is arguably a terrible time for Tottenham to be facing the reining Premier League champions. City have won eight of their last nine games and although they look to have left their title challenge too late, are the form team in the league currently. Conversely, Spurs have managed just the one win in seven games and the side that were pushing Man City hard for second place are now in a real battle for fourth. Not qualifying for Europe’s premier competition could see Tottenham lose the likes of Gareth Bale as a whole host of clubs will be making a move for the Welshman come the summer.

One good piece of news for the home side is the fact that Bale could return to action this weekend following a two week spell out through injury. Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe may also feature which for me, could well tip the balance firmly in Spurs’ favour. While City do have a great record against Tottenham having won the last four encounters, the returning players might well be the boost that Villas-Boas and his squad need to take all three points. Arsenal and Chelsea both have tricky looking away games this weekend and hopefully things will look a little rosier come Sunday evening.

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Gareth Bale: Player of the Season?

Gareth Bale: Player of the Season?

Never before has a Welshman won the Barclays Premier League Player of the Year award but Gareth’s Bale’s goals galore tips the balance firmly in his favour for the coveted award. No Spurs player has ever won the award either, but with impressive performances, stunning goals and fast spreading transfer rumours, it’s hard to look past the Welsh wonder to seal a first time double in a month’s time.

The Premier League Player of the Season award will be revealed in the 2nd or 3rd week of May and is chosen by a number of representatives from Barclays. This will be the 19th time that the award has been handed out with 8 of those awards being given to Manchester United players. Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic are the only 2 players to receive the award twice, but this year could spell a changing of the guard in the form of Gareth Bale.

16 goals in 26 appearances this season mean he is by far Spurs’ highest goal scorer and he currently sits 3rd in the Premier League total goals ranking. However, his impression on and off the pitch has been felt for far more reasons than his ability to find the net.

With Bale in their side, Spurs seem to have a certain spark about them; a speed and drive that most teams find difficult to handle. He injects urgency into the game and though Spurs have relied on him for nearly a third of their goals this season, they have also need him for so much more than that.

Rumours of an imminent sale in the summer seem to be just rumours and it would be shame to see yet another great British player seeking higher pay and more attention abroad. Players like Bale are exactly what the Premier League needs if it’s to sustain its perception as “The Greatest League in the World”.

With Bale at their disposal Spurs have enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent memory and that could become even more successful if they were to seal a European title and 3rd spot in the league.

Bale however is not without competition for the Barclay’s Player of the Season award. He currently leads the betting as a heavy favourite and is generally available at odds of around 1/2.

Robin Van Persie is right behind him though at around 3/1 and he has been instrumental in United’s inevitable title winning campaign. Take into consideration Suarez (11/2) and Michu (50/1) as valuable outsiders and the closing few games of the season could well decide who receives the award.

Gareth Bale heads the market for both the Barclay’s Player of the Season and the PFA Player of the Season awards. We can only hope that such a talent is still being considered for this award in 12 months time!

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The Slightly Later Than Scheduled Festive Reflection

The Slightly Later Than Scheduled Festive Reflection

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So, it feels pretty good to be a Spurs fan at the moment right?! Six points off City with a game in hand and possibly even more satisfying, six points in front of Arsenal with that same game in hand. I’m looking forward to the FA Cup this weekend and I’m hoping we will make short work of Cheltenham even if most of the first eleven are given what would be a well overdue rest. I do have a soft spot for Cheltenham because of the amazing racing entertainment the town provides me with in March but their football team, not so much.

Even the bookies are starting to take our league form seriously as you can now see quotes as short as 8/1 for Tottenham to win this season’s title. I still personally think we have to much to do to overhaul Man City and I’m sure Utd will bounce back after two straight defeats but what has really impressed me this season is our winning mentality. The game against West Brom this past Tuesday night really illustrates that fact. Roy Hodgson had a few injuries to key players and basically set up his team to take a point. They were very hard to break down and until Sisqo scored, it was looking like being one of those nights. In season’s gone by, that is the sort of game we would have ended up losing through a lack of concentration or determination but Harry now appears to have the players instilled with a belief that they can win every game, no matter the circumstances.

Some fans were saying the point against Swansea was a disappointing result but I definitely would have taken a draw before the game. Only one team has managed to go to the Liberty Stadium and win this season and when you consider it was our third game in quick succession, avoiding defeat was a good result. The performance against Norwich was sublime and Gareth Bale showed once again why he is one of the very best players in the Premier League. While one of the positives of us not being involved in the Champions League this season is our excellent domestic form, Bale not being able to show what he is capable of against the European elite is certainly a negative.

Now the January transfer window is upon us, I expect to see Spurs linked with the usual infinite fictional targets. Samba and Cahill are the most realistic names for me but with Dawson apparently set to start against Cheltenham, our centre back injury problems are easing slightly. A number of my close friends are Millwall fans, so it’s nice to see a couple of our younger players being loaned to the Lions. Hopefully it will be a win win situation, with Ryan Mason and Harry Kane getting some much needed first team action, while also helping Millwall stay in the Championship.

This could well be the key month as far as our title hopes are concerned. Homes games against Everton, Wolves and Wigan with a trip to Man City in there for good measure. City have tough Cup games against Man Utd and Liverpool which could well work in our favour. Is January 2012 going to be the month when Tottenham actually sit on top the Premier League? I bloody hope so!

We have our own Rory Delap

We have our own Rory Delap

So why not start using him? Gareth Bale can launch a throw in the same manner as Rory Delap and I think we should utilise this part of his game more. I’m not saying we make it a staple part of our play like Stoke but there would be no harm mixing it up a bit with a few ‘Bale Bombs’.

Yesterday’s defeat at the hands of Everton was unlucky but we have had our fair share of luck since Harry took over so I’m not going to let it get me down. I just think towards the end of the game we ran out of ideas. Although we had plenty of the ball in the last half hour, we needed to mix things up a bit to break down Everton’s two banks of four down. Bale came on with 20 or so mins to go, there would be no harm getting him throwing a few in the mixer.

I’m a bit concerned whether the Bale stat is playing on Harry’s mind now. When Chris Kamara told Harry we hadn’t won a league game Gareth Bale has started prior to us playing Fulham, he laughed it off. Bale hasn’t started either league game since with Harry preferring Benoit Assou-Ekotto. I think anyone would find it hard to make a case for Ekotto being a better player than Bale. He may be slightly better defensively but I don’t think there is an awful lot in it, and Bale is a much better footballer.

Let’s hope Redknapp starts using our own Rory Delap more often!