Things seems to be fairly quiet at Tottenham, as they prepare to adjust to life at Wembley Stadium whilst White Hart Lane gets rebuilt, and they look to go one step better than their consecutive runner up placings in the EPL, to Leicester City and, last season, Chelsea. However excitement levels amongst Spurs fans will increase dramatically at suggestions that Club Chairman Daniel Levy is keen to bring club legend Gareth Bale back from Spain.
Much of the summer speculation at Tottenham has surrounded Spurs old boy Bale, and whether he will return to the Premier League from Real Madrid, where he has played since September 2013. Bale has by no means flopped at the Bernabeu, but current manager Zinedine Zidane clearly prefers Isco in his starting lineups than the flying Welshman, and Bale will not be happy with being a bit-part player going forward.
Tottenham would most definitely want to bring Bale ‘home’ – although they would fear the valuation of Bale may make a move for the player challenging – while they will also face stiff competition from Manchester United, who have always been linked with the player should he look to a return to England, and have much deeper pockets.
The fly in this ointment could be the situation concerning Ronaldo, who has apparently announced he wants to leave Spanish football after being accused of fraud by the Spanish Authorities – should he leave Madrid, they would likely not want to lose Bale also. So all parties connected with this may just have to hang fire and see how the Ronaldo situation plays itself out.
Elsewhere, Spurs continue to be linked with highly rated Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, but again face competition from Liverpool and North London rivals Arsenal for the 21 year old French international. Spurs will feel they hold the edge in here with their direct Champions League qualification, though again they may baulk at the £25 million valuation Monaco have placed on the player. Everton’s energetic midfielder Ross Barkley, Swansea craftsman Gylfi Sigurdsson and Burnley hitman Andre Gray are also on the Tottenham radar – and these could well be more in the current Spurs price range than their European counterparts.
Whilst Spurs fans will be content that Pochettino has secured the services, via contract extensions, of several current Spurs players – with only Toby Alderweireld left to tie down – they will want to see their squad strengthened with some quality if they want to finally get their hands on the EPL trophy. But with so much money invested into the rebuilding of White Hart Lane, FantasySports.co.uk feels it could be yet another season of so close yet so far for Tottenham….fast becoming the bridesmaids of English football.