Gareth Bale has once again set the Premier League alight. He is arguably Tottenham Hotspurs' most valued asset. I'm sure Andre Villas Boas will vouch for that.
Losing him in the January transfer window would deal a huge blow to Spurs' Champions League aspirations.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are the chief interested parties, while Bale has expressed a desire to jump ship. Now, which professional footballer wouldn't be thrilled to know he has roused the interest of such massive clubs?
Bale has earned the recognition he's getting through hard work and determination, but a bad choice could stagnate the Welshman's career. At Tottenham, he is one of the first names on the team sheet, but if he were to go to Barca or Real, there's a good chance he remains confined to the bench.
Let's face it, Bale isn't at all suited to Barcelona's style of play. He is renown for his ability to run at defenders and deliver telling crosses in a swift counter-attacking set up, which is in stark contrast to Barca's patient buildups, characterized by countless passes. He is not the player they need. Alexis Sanchez is already suffering as a result of a bad career choice, as you must have witnessed.
Moving to Real Madrid would not be sensible either. Bale likes to start on the left, where Cristiano Ronaldo, Real's indispensable man, plays. Even if shifted to defense, Bale will have stiff competition from the likes of Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao for the left-back berth.
On the other flank, there are Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Jose Callejon. Competition is stiff everywhere, so Bale will really have his work cut out.
Why not just stay put at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham harbor real hopes of securing a place in the top four in England? It would be best for both him and his club.