Reasons why Spurs should sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid

Over the summer since the transfer saga involving Spurs’ Gareth Bale and Real Madrid I have had a few rather interesting conversations about why Tottenham Hotspur do not need Gareth and should instead cash in.

Firstly, with Real Madrid understood to be offering £93 million plus Fabio Coentrao it would be absolutely crazy not to accept such a bit.  The key reasons I see are as follows:

– Spurs have signed Paulinho, Capoue, Chadli and Soldado. These are all proven top class players both at club and international level. Bale wouldn’t be able to play the same role as he did last season.

– Spurs are close to signing Willian and Erik Lamela, again two world class players both offering a variety of skills including width, an ability to contribute in the way of assists and goals.

– These 6 players would absolutely more than make up for Bale, in fact my belief is that Spurs will be a better team this season as a result.  There won’t be as many single minded and often selfish performances.

– Although Bale scored more goals last season than in the 2011/12 season (21 vs 11), he created/assisted far less.  Therefore this was a negative for the overall number of goals scored by the team.  In short, by Bale always shooting (and often missing) it meant Spurs had less opportunities to score.  For example Adebayor in 2011/12 scored 17 league goals and assisted 11 (vs just 4 last season) .  This was when playing in a 442 formation with Defoe upfront, and Lennon and Bale providing the width and assisting.

– Bale is injury prone and there is a risk that constant injury could be negative for Bales game and therefore less likeliness to perform to the same level again.  In addition Bales game is heavily based on pace.  Look what happened to Michael Owen with his injuries, he lost his pace.  It could be that the same happens to Bale and therefore leaves him limited in his game.

– Oh and the rather annoying goal celebration will be gone to, reserved for La Liga.

Media reports suggest that Bale will be sold in the next few days to Real Madrid.  If this happens as expected good luck to him.  As a Spurs supporter I will be pleased as Spurs will have pocketed a massive amount of money as well as gained from a left sided player in exchange, plus almost covering the transfer fees for 6 world class players.

The future looks bright at the Lane!

Bale

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Giovani Dos Santos Amazing Goal for Mexico

I don’t know what it is with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp but why does he not want to play Giovani Dos Santos and continuously loan him out instead?!  When he can show how much talent he has like what is shown in the below video, some team is going to greatly value from him.

Statement from Spurs on Luka Modric

Here’s a bit of good news on Tottenham Hotspur’s stance on selling the best players at the club.  An official statement from the club chairman Daniel Levy:

“I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that.

“In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club.

“We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any Club, regarding Luka.

“We now consider this matter closed.”

Don’t Blame England’s Green for his mistake against USA in the World Cup

I think it would be foolish for anyone to blame Robert Green for the major mistake he made for England vs USA in yesterdays World Cup group stage game, after Clint Dempsey’s shot. It’s easier for people like Heskey or Rooney to get away with mistakes, which indeed they did. Though because Green is the last line of defense his errors are made more visible.

Instead of blaming Green perhaps ask the question, why didn’t England score more goals? The answer in my opinion is that England are a totally overated team and USA are probably on par with them. Think about the FIFA rankings, USA are 14th and England are 9th, so not much between them. In addition in 2006 USA were actually ranked 4th in the world.

Whether Green is picked for the next game or not people should getbehind him and get his confidence up, focus on the positive, not the negative.

Rio Ferdinand injury gives Dawson a deserved place in England World Cup squad

Despite hampering England’s World Cup preperations with Rio Ferdinand’s leg injury, it has given Tottenham’s Michael Dawson a deserved place in the England World Cup squad. Dawson was instrumental in Spurs’ charge to 4th place in the English Premier League and his inclusion is totally deserved. In fact you could argue that despite Michael Dawson being uncapped, both him and Ledley King should really be the England central defensive partnership, especially in terms of form. They play together at Spurs and are far more use to each other than playing one alongside the out of form John Terry.

Fabio Capello’s Capello Index a good move?

The news about England football manager’s new initiative, the Capello Index, is sending questions around the media about Fabio Capello’s exact motives for introducing this system.  Capello Index website describes the index as “The Capello Index was created in order to benefit all those football lovers that rarely have the opportunity to use an in-depth, objective and understandable analysis system.”

However the main question on this that many people have is why would Fabio Capello introduce a system that he will use to rate his England players during the World Cup?  Okay, it creates some sort of authority for Capello in that this is a business venture for him to position himself as the person and index that rates the players in the most effective way.  However, if he rates his England players in a mildly negative manner, how will they react?  Will there be a backlash in the sense of public humiliation?

The interesting aspect of this is that the ranking doesn’t include the ‘mentality’ of the players, so really selection isn’t just about the performance that a player has (which is what the index is based on), but it is also important that the value they bring to the team is thought about. so that could even be down to the influence the player has as a spirit in the dressing room / morale. Fabio Capello mentions that the index isn’t the only measurement of including someone in a team as  “If I just relied on the index I cannot select the Liverpool players because their performance was not that high”, Capello outlined.

Go and have a look for yourself at the Capello Index on the link below.  For the football enthusiast it’s extremely insightful and thorough and currently covers the English Premier League, La Liga in Spain and Serie A in Italy.

Fabio Capello’s Capello Index website – www.capelloindex.com

Spurs Player Benoît Assou-Ekotto Interview about work and football

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has before said about his priorities in life and that he plays football because it is a job and that he needs to earn money.  It’s certainly not because Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the Tottenham Hotspur player, loves football, it’s just something he is good at.

In a very insightful Guardian newspaper interview Benoit Assout Ekotto outlines how he works and then spends life including taking the tube in London using his Oyster card!

The Cameroon international of course looks forwarding to the world cup.

Read the interview by clicking on the link below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/may/01/benoit-assou-ekotto-tottenham-hotspur