There are a lot of things you can buy for £85.3 million; you could own a Bayern Munich starting XI that humiliated Man City in midweek for example. You might even want to splash out on PSG’s Edison Cavani and Marquinhos if you fancied buying over-priced South Americans for both your defence and attack. Imagine two Mesut Özils in your team.
To be honest it’s probably best to blow all the money on erecting the largest gold statue of Alessandro Del Piero that the money could buy and treat yourself to a Bugatti Veyron with the change that’s spare. For Real Madrid at least, it bought them Gareth Bale.
Throughout the summer I watched a Spurs supporter go into hiding at work every time he heard the word Madrid. He’d tell me that Gareth Bale is a loyal, family man who wants to be a short drive away from his home back in Wales and I’d tell him Manchester is pretty close too. In the end he was hopelessly wrong, to the point where I’d force snacks upon him just to put an end to his rants about the Welshman’s ‘betrayal’. But do I hear him complaining now? No.
For all of André Villas-Boas’ tactics last season, Spurs would find themselves playing through Bale in the hope of some magic just like the Norwich City game they played at Carrow Road where they came against strong, stubborn competiton. AVB’s vertical football became the Gareth Bale show and Tottenham Hotspur became Gareth Bale. Kind of like a cheat player that gets ramped up with 99 pace and 99 shooting on Pro Evolution Soccer by some kid who missed the point with that game.
Today Tottenham sit in third, two points behind their fierce rivals Arsenal, before they play West Ham in the East London derby tomorrow— and Gareth Bale isn’t scoring their goals. It’s Roberto Soldado, it’s Paulinho, it’s Gylfi Sigurðsson. No longer do they rely on some Welsh guy with slicked backed and a pink t-shirt, Spurs now play as a team and win as a team. Albeit through Christian Eriksen. I joke, but the danger for Tottenham is to become reliant on another talented creative player and I think other teams should learn from this too. Just look at Robin Van Persie and Manchester United. Of course, there is an easy solution to all of this— just sign lots of creative players with all that rich billionaire money you have. It’s worked for Chelsea. Oh wait.