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Only a Matter of Time Before Berbatov Leaves Spurs

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So Dimitar Berbatov’s agent is to hold talks with Tottenham’s director of football Damien Comolli today to discuss the player’s future.

It was most probably Berbatov’s agent Emil Dantchev who leaked the news to the press, and by doing so, we can assume he wants to send a strong message to Tottenham’s board that the player is dissatisfied. At the same time, the news also alerts the other clubs out there that Berbatov could be open to a move away from White Hart Lane if he doesn’t get what he wants.

While it must have been frustrating for Spurs fans and Berbatov to see the Bulgarian sitting on the bench for the last two league matches, I don’t blame new Tottenham boss Juande Ramos for wanting to play a different attack against Middlesbrough this past Saturday. The Spaniard wants to try different players so he can see firsthand whether or not they’ll fit into his system that he’s building.

While today’s meeting between Berbatov’s agent and Comolli will undoubtedly resolve any issues the Bulgarian may have with not playing, the question is how much longer will Berbatov stick with Tottenham? As is often the case, top players in the league are plucked away by larger clubs. For examples from one club, Man United, they swooped in to take Louis Saha from Fulham and Michael Carrick from Spurs in recent years.

It’s only a matter of time before Berbatov leaves Spurs.

When Berbatov does move away, Manchester United will be the likely suitor especially seeing that Berbatov appears to be the natural successor to Ruud van Nistelrooy. A player who can sit in front of Wayne Rooney or Carlos Tevez to knock the ball into the back of the net.

Of course, Berbatov has much more to offer than just being a fox in the box. The player has incredible heading experience especially to knock balls on to Robbie Keane. The Bulgarian also has an incredible pace and given half an opportunity will likely score in the narrowest of angles.

Other than Man United, Chelsea could be a fruitful destination for the player especially considering that Didier Drogba will be playing in the African Nations Cup in January. If Chelsea was able to offload Shevchenko in the January transfer window and pick up Berbatov as a replacement, the club would be unstoppable in the league and Champions League.

Within reason, Spurs needs to do everything they can to keep the striker in North London. But ultimately money talks and if Tottenham is offered a princely sum to let Berbatov move away from White Hart Lane, I don’t think the club will ignore the offer even if Juande Ramos wants Berbatov to be a large part of the future of the club.

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6 Responses to Only a Matter of Time Before Berbatov Leaves Spurs

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a load of unsubstantiated rubbish.

    We are financially in a position to keep Berbatov whatever Man U or whoever else may offer for him.

    If the player himself wants to leave then of course there is nothing we can do about it, but to paint the picture that we would part with Berbatov willingly is absurd.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm, poorly thought out piece I’m afraid.
    Classic case of tabloid sports writing.
    Put two and two together, only to come up with five.
    Also, the fact you claim Berbatov has incredible pace suggests you have never seen the Bulgarian hitman play!

    Give it up.

  3. Anonymous says:

    ‘it’s only a matter of time before berbatov leaves spurs’. err…what a blinding revelation!! i’m glad you took the time to come on here and enlighten us all. where would we be without your insights, your insider-knowledge of the goings on THFC? Cheers. Keep up the good work

  4. Anonymous says:

    Berbo should leave Tottenham ASAP. His talent is being wasted by being teammates with mistakes of nature such as Jenas. Berbo is 10X better than all of his teammates combined(with the exception of Keane).

  5. tyduffy says:

    I actually haven’t been that impressed with him this season. Given, he has been caught in the morass of the rest of the squad. But he hasn’t looked like the dominant player he was last season.

    There is also his record against the big clubs to worry about.

    Spurs made a mistake not selling him in the summer. I think his transfer value has probably halved.

    To the aforementioned Spurs supporter, yes they can compete with virtually any club for money. It is the little things like winning trophies and competing in the Champions League that get in the way.

  6. Simon Burke says:

    I think Spurs would part with him due to Berb’s own wantaway attitude (thats my opinion mind you, not substantiated proof!).
    If he wants out and he doesnt look like he has enjoyed this season at all, then Spurs would be wise to let him go as I think he’s turned into poison for them – I reckon they could get 16 mill for them (Spurs hold out forever historically) and thats probably good for all concerned. I cant see United taking him at this point however and see him either going to Chelsea or abroad.

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