Gareth Bale in 2013 earned the PFA Players' Player of the Year award while playing for Tottenham Hotspur in Barclay's Premier League. For the past three seasons Gareth Bale has been demonstrating that he is without question one of the top players in the Premier League and during the last year of his contract he had informed the team that he wanted to play with the best players in the world. As difficult as such a thought of losing Gareth Bale must have been for Tottenham Hotspur they should have had made a list of at least several players whom they would buy with the funds they received from the transfer of the most desired player in the world.
To select one player to replace Gareth Bale would have been foolish because Tottenham Hotspur with Gareth Bale, one of the top 10 players in the world in 2013, were not at the top of the Premier League so to expect to replace him with one player and get a better result was foolish and short-sighted.
In 2014 already past the half way point of the Premier League season and Tottenham Hotspur are in sixth place, still within striking distance of fourth place but considering how well the top four teams in the Premier League have played as compared to Tottenham Hotspur it is almost the equivalent of the distance of a marathon race when one compares the teams. If the management of Tottenham Hotspur had been willing to take off their "rose colored" glasses and accepted the fact that Gareth Bale was going to leave and they would have to buy two to four players to help make their team a legitimate top four contender in the Premier League the team would be the 'toast' of the Barclay Premier League in 2013-14 instead of the team that recently always seems to arrive at the party after the party's best moments have occurred.
The Gareth Bale fiasco that occurred with Tottenham Hotspur transferring him to Real Madrid at the beginning of the 2013-14 football season is a lesson to all professional footballer teams that one must always be prepared for injury or the need to move any star player and have replacements identified to help your team improve as a result. Tottenham Hotspur did not act in the manner of a proactive footballer team and that is why they are sitting in sixth place in the Premier League when they received resources which if allocated properly could have the team in a top four position.