Forget Bale: Tottenham should look to land under-achieving 21-year-old next summer

The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are excited by rumours linking their club with a move for Gareth Bale, but they are far from convinced that they will manage to land his signature next summer. 

Rumours linking Bale with a romantic return to Tottenham Hotspur are never too far away from the mainstream British media. The latest report emerging from Spanish media out Diario Gol (via The Daily Express) claims that Spurs have the upper hand in the race between themselves and Manchester United for the 28-year-old’s signature. The report claims that Bale’s interest in joining the Red Devils has been cooled since he witnessed their extremely abject performance against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Considering how poor United’s performance was, it’s easy to sympathise with Bale’s standpoint, but his lack of interest in joining them does not necessarily imply that he will move to Spurs this summer. Daniel Levy has always been a shrewd negotiator in the transfer market and does an excellent job of making transfer decisions whilst considering both football and economics.

With that to consider, it seems extremely unlikely that Levy will part with millions of pounds for an injury prone player who will only be a year away from turning 30 this summer. Levy is much more likely to consider a younger talent who has the potential to succeed under Pochettino in the long-term, such as Leicester City’s 21-year-old winger Demarai Gray.

Demarai Gray has shown enormous potential during his Leicester City career so far, but only in flashes due to a lack of consistent first-team opportunities. When Claude Puel first arrived at The King Power Stadium, Gray was more or less a first-team regular, but his opportunities have decreased during recent weeks.

It’s always difficult for a player to establish a rhythm when they are constantly in and out of the side, especially when they know that failure to score or assist could lead to an omission from the first-team the following week. Gray is currently experiencing that particular predicament with The Foxes, and as such his statistics don’t make for overly impressive viewing, even though his overall performances have been positive.

Pochettino has proven during his career so far that he is a brilliant man-manager and has the ability to get the best out of developing young players, so Tottenham would be an ideal destination for Gray to improve as a player. Leicester’s young talent has plenty of potential which is waiting to be unearthed, so Tottenham should do everything they can to sign him during the next transfer window if they are unable to re-sign Bale from Madrid.

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