The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping to put their sides weekend disappointment behind them when they face Borussia Dortmund this evening.
Mauricio Pochettino takes his side to the Signal Iduna Park this evening looking to solidify their place at the top of Group H with a victory over Dortmund in the Champions League. Tottenham were uncharacteristically flat in the North-London derby on Saturday as they suffered a 2 nil defeat away at Arsenal. Pochettino has only managed to record 1 win in 17 away matches against the top-5 clubs – a record which suggests either a dramatic re-think in tactics or the acquisition of new talent is necessary to ensure this record improves in future clashes.
Ultimately, both of the aforementioned solutions will probably need to be adopted to ensure Tottenham rectify their problems away from home.
With that being said, Tottenham should be seriously considering a move to bring Gareth Bale back to the club, after Guillem Balague at Sky Sports confirmed the Welshman has a buyback clause in his Real Madrid contract.
A transfer that saw Bale swap Madrid for North-London could make or break the Tottenham career of Dele Alli.
Bale’s ability to find his team-mates inside the box with pin-point precision would certainly see Alli’s number of goal-scoring opportunities increase at the club.
The Welsh wizard’s presence would also allow Alli greater freedom to roam into pockets of space and influence the game in the final-third – providing he remains with The Lilywhites.
However, it is unlikely that Madrid will be willing to part with Bale unless they can prize Alli away from Tottenham as part of a swap-deal between the clubs.
Considering the ages of the two players and the injury history of Bale, there is no doubt that Alli would command the higher transfer fee of the two players.
If that assertion proves to be true, then Tottenham could potentially be looking at a deal that would see Madrid part with cash and Bale in exchange for Alli – an offer which may prove to be too enticing for Levy and Pochetino to refuse.