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Bale Dilemma

Bale Dilemma

Tottenham Hotspur are allegedly winning the race to sign the talented left-back although Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has assured Bale there is no rush in deciding whether his future lies at White Hart Lane:

"When you are trying to sign a 17-year-old it is a very big decision for him and his family and we are giving all the time in the world for them to make a decision," Levy told Sky Sports News.

Bale is said to have his eyes set on a move to Manchester United, although their interest has cooled in the last few days after Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Tottenham have the upper hand. The fact that Bale is an Arsenal supporter also suggests that a move to Spurs would not be in his best interests.

If Bale is seriously considering playing for Arsenal one day, then what would be the point in moving to Tottenham now when his development would be better if he was playing week in, week out for Saints? Bale should also look at what happened to the last Southampton player who moved to Tottenham: Dean Richards.

Richards was also an extremely promising defender who found out the hard way that leaving for bigger and better things can often leave you flat on your face. Other former Southampton players who have discovered this include Theo Walcott, James Beattie, Wayne Bridge and Hassan Kachloul.

Everyone expects Gareth Bale to move on one day, but I do not see why a move now is necessary if Bale is presently enjoying success at his current club. The choice is yours Gareth.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday January 30 2007
Time: 1:50PM


Here Here, well said. The list of players that have left Southampton to for bigger and better things is amazing. Look at Beattie for example, banging goals in at southampton and in the England squad, he moves to everton and his career has efectivly finished, hes struggling to get a game and has no chance of an England call up. The same thing goes for Wayne Bridge, such a waste of talent just sitting in the reserves. Theo Walcott looks like a fish out of water at Arsenal and thats ashame. Like it is said it this report, Gareth Bale is an Arsenal Supporter so i think that could be a massive spanner in the works. And again as mentioned in the report, Dean Richards was such a promising player at Southampton, he moved on to 'Bigger, better things' and more money and his carerr dried up. Such a shame really because these players were massive talents.
30/01/2007 13:58:00
The thing is lads, Bales development would be better served playing first team football with a better class of player. And lets have no mistakes, Lennon, Huddlestone, Defoe et al are slightly better than Southamptons..ahem'Stars'. And he would be plying first team at spurs, he's a damn sight better than ping pong po or asso ekotto. The only spanner in the works is that he wants to play for Man U and the arsenal thing wouldn't make a difference, look at Judas! Lets have it right, he would do better eventually at Spurs.
30/01/2007 14:08:00
if he's a gooner, i don't want him!
30/01/2007 14:09:00
Bale - Soon to be a yid.
30/01/2007 14:11:00
Bridge is just a money grabber who seems to have no interest in football. He could have moved to Fulham or Spurs but chose to sit on the bench and play second fiddle to Ashley Cole. Bale would probably fast become 1st choice at Spurs and I and many others would love to see him at the lane!
30/01/2007 14:12:00
I agree with this to an extent but Tottenham offered Bale promised 1st team action which will mean he will play for us and develop. He'd be better off at Tottenham compared to Arsenal, Liverpool or Man Ure because they all have proven left backs. We dont. Plus Dean Richards played well for us but Tottenham under Hoddle were not a good team and then he picked up that injury which ended up being the reason he retired! Tottenham arent in the top 4. We dont just buy players for the hell of it. We play them and sell them for double :P
30/01/2007 14:12:00
The thing is, he wouldnt just walk into Spurs first team, not straight away. At saints hes always in the starting 11, week in week out. Theres no substitute for first team football when it comes to a players develpment. And i do think hes got his heart set on Man U rather then spurs, for 3 reasons.... 1 There a bigger club... 2 Much More money.... 3 Because hes an Arsenal Fan
30/01/2007 14:14:00
For the record richards got cancer and this forced him into retirement. But in all honesty he was never going to be good enough for spurs or any bigger prem team. Hence no england caps or anything. He cost us 8 mill then, my goodness. Bale would improve playing alongside dawson and king, and having to play against better quality opposition.
30/01/2007 14:14:00
Richards is no longer in the game due to a long term injury that caused him to retire early in his career and nothing to do with Saints or Spurs - it was his own health!
30/01/2007 14:16:00
If he moves to united he's as much of a money hungry **** as bridge is. He'll be behind heinze and evra there, whats the attraction of that?
30/01/2007 14:18:00
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