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.