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Who will Tottenham Miss The Most; Bale or Modric?

It’s a dismal end to a season that looked so promising for Harry Redknapp and his Spurs men. Finding themselves poised in third for the majority of the season before a succession of disappointing results has seen them leap-frogged by Arsenal and Newcastle to hold fifth and out of the all important Champions League spot.

Tottenham haven’t won away from home since the 27 December 2011 and have achieved only two wins from the last ten games. The outlook is bleak over white Hart Lane as Harry and his men seem to have lost their Spur in the most vital part of the season.

After a successful and hopeful run at the beginning of the campaign, the North Londoner’s results are surprising. The cause for such results is beyond me, could it be tiredness towards the end of the season or is Redknapp’s imminent career change toEnglandManager having an effect on the Tottenham dressing room.

Although the reasons are hard to explain, the outcome is clear. Star players will be wanting out of White Hart Lane if Spurs don’t clinch a Champions league place and its two star names in particular that have proved so vital to Tottenham but look the most likely to go. Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

So who will Tottenham miss more?

Gareth Bale has attracted huge interest after flaunting his glamorous footwork on the world stage at the 2010-2011 Champions League. We all have vivid memories of Bale’s bursting runs down the left flank against Inter Milan, taking on Maicon, acclaimed as one of the worlds best right backs (not for much longer).

 

Needless to say, the Welshman has been on many teams shortlists not long after. With the Summer transfer window approaching, Barcelona have tagged the 22-year-old as their number one target, and as they showed with the Cesc Fabrigas Saga, What Barcelona want, Barcelona finally get. It goes without saying that it would be hard for a young footballer at the peak of his career to refuse the Catalan giants.

 

If Bale were to depart North London, it would leave a huge hole for Redknapp (assuming he is still around) to fill in the summer. Daniel Levy cannot be afraid to spend the vast sum Barcelona offer on a new exciting replacement that can fill Bale’s boots as best as possible.

The likely targets that have emerged seem to be one of either Eden Hazard or Jerson Cabral. Both have shown their ability to attack down the flank and pose both an attacking threat while holding the ability to create goals. The effectiveness of either of these players depends on whether they can adapt to the English game (we have seen with so many talented footballers that this is not easy).

Luka Modric is probably the most likely to leave white Hart Lane this summer, after Spurs struggled to keep the Croatian interested during last years transfer window.Manchester United and Manchester City have both expressed great interest in the Midfielder with a £40 million bid from Chelsea rejected last summer.

Since joining the club in 2008 the Croatian has gone from strength to strength showing that he has the capability to play at his best in any major competitions. It is fair to say that at the heart of every Spurs attack you can see Luka Modric playing a vital part.

It is certainly difficult to find a replacement for the dangerous 26-year-old, the likes of Erik Erikson or David Hoilett come close to the extraordinary talent that Modric is capable of. With Harry Redknapp claiming that Modric’s future with Tottenham is still up in the air after the Croatian refused to sign on another contract it does not look promising.

We can conclude from this that for Tottenham’s survival as a dominant force in the Premiership they will need to find a place in the Champions league, but if the do not then with the loss of their most loved manager and two key players, it could be a downward spiral for a team that looked like it had so much promise.

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