Tottenham Hotspur: Are Spurs Too Reliant on Gareth Bale?
With 12 matches remaining in their Premier League season, Tottenham are within sight of their ultimate goal: booking a date in next season's Champions League.
While Spurs' current position is desirable, it's hard for supporters to revel in it too much given the club's collapse last season and subsequent Europa League bid this season.
Hence, it is understandable for the more pessimistic Tottenham fan to search for any way the club's season might unravel over the final portion of the season.
When Spurs failed to sign a striker in the January transfer window to add depth to a position that could have done with it, the apprehension throughout the fanbase was palpable.
As Jermain Defoe went down with injury and Emmanuel Adebayor was late upon his return from the Africa Cup of Nations, though, winger Gareth Bale has stepped up over the past few weeks, scoring each of the club's past four goals over three Premier League matches.
The Welshman has been fantastic, but his amazing play has brought up a different potential problem: Are Spurs too reliant on their superstar?
After all, the club has lost two of the four matches Bale has failed to start in, and the winger has had a direct impact in nearly a third of the club's goals this season.
Hence, it makes sense that problems might arise if Gareth were to suffer an injury or a loss in form.
However, when posed a question on the matter, new Tottenham signing Lewis Holtby rebuffed any fears on the subject:
Gareth is a world-class player, one of the best in the world I think. What he is producing week in week out is fantastic. But you have to give the credit to the others in what is a great team.
You see Hugo Lloris in goal. The defenders put their bodies into every shot. Everyone is working really hard, that's the key of the game. To have a player like Bale makes the difference.
Holtby's comments ring quite true.
Is Tottenham too reliant on Gareth Bale?
While Spurs would clearly suffer a major setback from the loss of Bale, the rest of the squad is not filled with scrubs. The talent there would more than hold their own with almost every Premier League opponent.
Before one gets too worried about how the club might cope through the rest of the season should Gareth get injured, or even beyond that should transfer rumors come to fruition this summer, look through the rest of the team and see how much potential Tottenham has at the moment.
It truly is a promising time at White Hart Lane.
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