The Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been celebrating in the Transfer Tavern this week after watching their side record a massive 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Mauricio Pochettino has very few critics within the British media and amongst the Tottenham supporters, but those who do slate his potential to become a top class manager have consistently cited his inability to collect victories on the road as a reason to justify their opinion. However, the Argentine firmly silenced those doubters last weekend as Tottenham recorded their first victory at Stamford Bridge in 28 years.
Pochettino’s critics have also questioned his record in Europe and suggested he is tactically naive against the top clubs. Tottenham’s exit from the Champions League went some way to proving that, as a more conservation approach at 1-0 could have enabled the club to set up a tie with Real Madrid in the quarter-final of the competition.
Instead, our resident Lilywhites faithful were forced to watch The Old Lady go head to head with the 12-time European cup winners on Tuesday night on an evening which saw a couple of former Spurs players appear under the European spotlight. The aforementioned players were of course Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, but the latter did not even manage to step over the white line all evening as Zinedine Zidane opted to introduce Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez instead of the legendary Welshman.
Zidane’s decision suggested that Bale is dropping down the hierarchy at the club, especially in the big games, and that’s a fact which will give him plenty to think about as the summer transfer window approaches. As a born-winner Bale will be itching to feature in the first-team as regularly as possible, so the fact he remained an unused substitute suggests he may be open to the possibility of a transfer this summer.
His omission from the action should put Daniel Levy and Pochettino on red alert ahead of the summer window, as the prospect of bringing him back to North-London could potentially be on the cards if he is no longer an important member of the first-team squad at Los Blancos. Although Tottenham will probably have to break their wage structure to fulfill Bale’s demands, he is a player they should certainly pursue in the summer if they wish to challenge for the Premier League title next season.
With the move to the new stadium on the horizon, the summer is a perfect time for Spurs to make a statement of intent by re-signing one of the best players who ever graced the turf of the old White Hart Lane. Zidane’s decision to leave Bale on the bench proves that a deal could be possible this summer, and if that proves to be the case then Levy should do everything in his power to finance it.