ESPN the magazine recently released the best paying 200 teams in the world. The Spurs fall 110th overall behind Chelsea, Liverpool, Scum, ManU, Citeh, Villa, the Barcodes, Pompey and West Ham. The difference between the Spurs wages per player and the big 4 plus Citeh is huge. The average wages are more than double (Tottenham Hotspur - $45k a week per player vs Gooners - $90k a week per player). And Arsenal is the lowest average wages out of 'Pool, Citeh, ManU and Chelsea.
It makes me want a salary cap because the Spurs are barely above Everton in terms of wages, and Everton are totally skint (although the Spurs have some form of transfer budget). The Spurs wages are more comparable to Sunderland, the Rovers (beat Citeh), and Everton.
Looking at the Wages it makes me wonder, will we keep Bale? VDV? I love Bale and appreciate VDV, but watching the past few months Bale's production vs what the papers say the Spurs could get. Teams basically are doubling up on him and fouling him so he can't sprint by them ala Inter. Just something to ponder.
Also VDV unless he is playing off the striker totally leaves the right flank exposed to counter (see this weekend). When VDV and Bale were hurt we played more Niko and Pienaar. Yet the results were better. VDV has been scoring when our strikers haven't - but the team maybe better without him considering the other midfielders the Spurs have.
Now the sample size is very small but it definitely something to consider. As a sofa manager I feel the Spurs threaten more with Lennon and Bale on the wings than with whatever combo of two strikers we come up with. And I won't get started on Defoe. Anyway just some food for thought.