Losing Gareth Bale should help Spurs if AVB can spend wisely

Bale is thought to be keen on a move to Real Madrid this summer. Photo: PA

Losing Gareth Bale to Real Madrid this summer should not spell doom and gloom for Spurs, particularly if they get anything close to £100m for him.

Andre Villas-Boa's starting XI can match any side in the Premier League, but his squad lack sufficient strength in depth to challenge the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City over the course of a whole season.

This could be about to change.

If Spurs utilise Gareth Bale's inflated transfer fee to attract four or five men with real quality then injuries and suspensions to key players should no longer dictate where they finish in the league table.

These are some of the supremely gifted footballers Villas-Boas can target with his potential Bale cash injection.

Roberto Soldado

There were reports in Spain last weekend suggesting technical director at White Hart Lane, Franco Baldini, had been in contact with Valencia over the potential of signing Soldado, who has a £26.9million release clause.

Roberto Soldado scored as many goals as Gareth Bale last season. Credit: WhoScored.com

Soldado played five fewer games than Bale last season yet still managed to score as many goals, excelling in a more demanding Champions League competition with this impressive hat-trick against BATE Borisov.

Luis Suarez

AVB will need to sign another forward to compliment Soldado if, as expected, Emmanuel Adebayor leaves the club before the transfer window closes.

Luis Suarez has emerged as an unlikely target with Spurs capable of improving on Arsenal's £40,000,001million offer should Bale depart.

It would send out a strong message to Europe's biggest clubs, and would be a coup to beat their north London rivals to their main target, while weakening Liverpool's challenge for a top four finish at the same time.

Buying a second world class striker will also boost AVB's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this season, where Suarez hopes to showcase some of this extraordinary talent, below.

Fabio Coentrao

One of AVB's priorities this summer is to find a left-sided player who offers the same attacking qualities as Benoit Assou-Ekotto without letting his team down defensively.

Portuguese international Coentrao fits that profile perfectly and his future has been cast into fresh doubt since Carlo Ancelotti replaced Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

Napoli are also thought to be interested, but any deal involving Welshamn Bale must put Spurs firmly in the driving seat.

Coentrao would be a great signing for Spurs. Credit: PA

Mohamed Diame

Scott Parker's days at Spurs appear to be numbered, Tom Huddlestone's ability remains in doubt and Sandro has yet to regain full fitness after missing much of last season through injury.

Step forward, Mr Diame. The Senegalese international mastered his defensive midfield duties at West Ham last term, helping Sam Allardyce consolidate the Hammers' Premier League status comfortably in 10th spot.

Diame scored against Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United last season, putting in top class performances against some of England's finest teams, proving that he can cut it in the higher echelons of England's top flight.

Diame looked great against the big teams last season. Credit: PA

Angel Di Maria

Another player who could form part of the Bale package is Argentine Di Maria, a master provider he has assisted more than 50 goals in the past three seasons alone. Equally capable of unlocking defences from out wide or tucked in behind a striker, he boasts the kind of creative spark Spurs have been craving since Luka Modric left for the Spanish capital last summer.