Transfer rumour will shortly turn into transfer fact with the imminent opening of the summer window and this could literally be the most critical pre-season ever from a Tottenham perspective. It’s hard to remember a more crucial time – certainly in the Premiership era – in terms of both comings and goings at the Lane.
Firstly there’s the Bale issue and whether our most important player will be at the club next season. The spectre of Real Madrid lurks in the background and really it just isn’t worth commenting on the ‘advice’ given by ex pros who feel he should make the move into La Liga.
However, Spurs fans have been voicing their opinions with some suggesting that the club should take a reported bid of £85m and invest it throughout the side. Would Spurs spend that wisely and would they have enough time to do so?
We’ve seen in previous high profile transfers – Rooney to Manchester United and our own Dimitar Berbatov to Old Trafford that these deals can often go down to the wire. So potentially we could have another three months of this speculation and finish with a war chest in late August and a closed transfer window.
Whether Bale stays or goes there is a desperate need for reinforcements up front – as there has been for at least three years now. Once again, talk of various strikers has materialised so will Spurs finally land some targets or will they see big names drift elsewhere in search of Champions League football – and more money?
It’s hard to recall a more crucial season, simply because this must surely be the time when Real, or possibly another side finally makes their move for Gareth Bale. How Spurs strengthen with or without him will be key, not just for next season but for many campaigns to come.