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Gareth Bale’s future is to be an issue for some time, and with plenty written and spoken about it already, that matter will not be rehashed here. It is pretty obvious Tottenham will not be keen to sell him, especially if they qualify for the Champions League.
Whether Bale stays or not, Villas-Boas might be keen to bring in some added competition out wide in midfield, with Spurs relying so heavily on the Welshman and Aaron Lennon.
Bale’s deployment in central positions has meant he is no longer regarded primarily as a winger. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey are among those at the club who have covered out left in his absence there and given steady to good service. But none can quite replicate the speedy threat provided by Bale and Lennon down the flanks, nor the balance it gives the team.
Andros Townsend—currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers—could very well see his game time upped next season on the back of his form with the Hoops. Increased involvement for the 21-year-old would add to the depth in the position, something that Spurs are paying for with Lennon's current injury (less we forget, he has had problems in successive seasons too).
However, Villas-Boas might still like to bring in more pace for the position, especially in left wing if he intends to persist with Bale centrally. Even if Spurs' style changes, their speed has proven such an effective feature of their game, it would be a shame for them to move away from this.