Manchester City

What Can Bellamy Actually Offer Tottenham?

The proposed transfer of Craig Bellamy to Spurs from Money Bags City is likely to be the bargain buy of the summer.

Mancini seems determined to clear out anyone who’s neither foreign nor overpriced. Harry, on the other hand, has proved over and over again that he buys high quality players on the cheap and gets the best out of them all – but, most particularly, the British ones.

Bellamy is gifted, unpredictable and full of attitude. Many managers have struggled to deal with his strong will and petulance but so have defenders. The late Bobby Robson recognised the fact that, although he was hard to handle, he had the ability to terrorise defenders. And there’s another side to him too. He is very much involved in charity work in Africa, although he wouldn’t thank anyone to comment on it.

For too many years Spurs were the team to beat and were beaten often because they could be spineless if it was wet, cold, frosty, windy or if it was an overly physical game. Now they have Dawson, Palacious, and maybe Bellamy the Belligerent.

Give me players who care about their performance every time. If only there had been more like Bellamy in South Africa. He has pace, skill and imagination and goes full throttle for the full 90 minutes. The only question remains – who can he play with? Maybe not Defoe – who is an out and out goalscorer, which Bellamy is not. Crouch, though, would be an ideal foil for him and, lacking pace in himself, would revel in the service the Welshman would provide.

Spurs have the best group of midfielders in the country and they would set up his rampaging runs again and again. It’s certainly worth a punt. Bellamy is a player yet to reach his potential. Harry could coax it out of him in the way no Italian seems to be able to and he would revel in some of the brightest attacking play to be seen in the Premiership.

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