Tottenham Transfers: 5 Possible Replacements for Gareth Bale
With the future of Gareth Bale in doubt, Tottenham should line up possible replacements.
It would be difficult for Tottenham to find a direct replacement for Bale, as few players possess all the qualities he does in one package.
Tottenham needs a player who can provide goals and assists, which the Welshman currently does for his side.
While the preference would be for a winger, there are players of good quality who could replace Bale while playing a different position.
No player will be as electric as the Welshman, but if they have solid production, that will be good enough.
Here are five possible replacements for Gareth Bale.
If there's a player that can come close to Bale in terms of playing style, it's Forrest.
The Scottish international is speedy and direct and has some decent dribbling skills to take on defenders. He is also versatile enough to play on either wing or up front if necessary.
He's a capable finisher as well, but his goal tally will need to increase seeing as how he has yet to reach double digits in a season for Celtic.
The young winger also has some experience on the European stage, having played in Champions League this season and the Europa league before that.
The French youngster has attracted a lot of attention while playing for the Spanish side and certainly has the talent to play for Tottenham.
Griezmann is capable of playing the three attacking midfield positions but is best on the left or centrally. He can even play as a forward if necessary.
He has consistently produced goals and assists for his side since entering La Liga and is on the verge of his best goal tally this season.
Eriksen is the first player on this list whose natural position isn't on the wing, but again, his versatility makes him a great option.
The Ajax star would add an extra element of creativity to the side with his vision but can also chip in with goals.
The Danish player could be convinced to join the London club after seeing his former teammate, Jan Vertonghen, join (via London Evening Standard).
Dries Mertens hasn't been linked with Tottenham recently but is a very good option should Tottenham need a replacement for Gareth Bale.
The PSV winger is the one winger on this list who can come close to replicating Bale's goal-scoring form.
Mertens has been extremely productive for both FC Utrecht and PSV during the last few seasons.
He increased on his 12-goal haul for Utrecht in 2010/11 with 25 goals for PSV last season, and he has 15 goals to his name so far in 2012/13.
Those statistics showcase his finishing ability, but Mertens also has good pace and dribbling skills as well as the ability to create for his teammates.
While there are certainly other wingers out there who could replace Gareth Bale, we decided to enter a forward on this list.
Given Tottenham's apparent nability to close a deal for Leandro Damiao, Gonzalo Higuain would be the better option.
The Metro believes the Argentinian striker may head to London as part of deal that would see Gareth Bale end up at Real Madrid.
Higauin's goal-scoring capabilities would go some way to making up for any loss of production from Bale.
Given that Tottenham would also likely get some cash in the deal, they could still make a move for one of the previously mentioned players.