Tottenham Hotspur signed hundreds of players from across the different leagues, after the beginning of the English Premier League in 1992. Some of them are the biggest success in their Premier League journey. But over the past 30 years, one player is probably standing above all the past signings.
Though there were strong candidates among Tottenham Hotspurs’ marvellous signings, Bale is the one whose consistent growth and development as a footballer also helped the club both tactically, and financially.
Wales International joined the White Hart Lane side on 25th May of 2007, on a four-year deal. The club bought him for a £5 million transfer fee which would rise to £10 million based on performances. There was also a 25% sell-on clause from his future sell.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Signing of Gareth Bale
Bale was just a 17-year-old wunderkind who came out from Southampton youth academy. But the Saints accepted a £3 million fee to say goodbye to any future income from the player due to financial difficulties.
Tottenham Hotspur decided to sell him in the summer of 2013 for a world record fee of £85.3 million after his six years stay at the club. This means that Southampton missed a lot of money from their most talented player.
Replacing Bale With Seven Players
Daniel Levy bought seven players to replace Gareth Bale at Spurs from the selling money of the Welsh Star. These seven signings were Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, and Erik Lamela.
Among these players, Eriksen became the most successful player and Lamela spent the longest time at Tottenham.
But Gareth Bale did not play at Tottenham Hotspur to help the club financially. Bale started his career as a left-back and Harry Redknapp used him to replace injured left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The Welshman with his power and pace with skill became a regular at Spurs.
Bale’s most remarkable performance came in the Champions League fixture against Inter Milan. Even though Tottenham struggled under Andre Villas-Boas, the Welsh wizard single-handedly saved Spurs many times with otherworldly pace, skills, and shooting.
At White Hart Lane, Bale was named in the PFA Team of the Year three times and won the PFA Player of the Year twice. In the 2012-13 season, he claimed both PFA Team of the Year and PFA Player of the Year with the PFA Young Player of the Year award as well. He was also named in the UEFA Team of the Year twice before moving to the Spanish giant.
During his time at North London, he was by far the best player in the league and Real Madrid recognised his talent. After joining Madrid, he won everything at the club level. Sadly his return loan return in 2020 was not that spectacular, as he missed most of the games because of his bad history with injury. He scored 11 goals in 20 games under Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur.