There is no prize for figuring out who the hottest catch in the English Premier League is at the moment. The January transfer season has commenced and the speculation that Dimitar Berbatov would be heading out of White Hart Lane is gathering even more momentum. Imported from Bayer Leverkusen at the start of last season, the Bulgarian international striker was one of the best players in the English Premier League last year and arguably the best player for Tottenham Hotspur with 23 goals from 47 appearances all season. But this season doubts on his future at the North London club have lingered on. There are frequent press reports suggesting that Berbatov is unhappy at Spurs, who are languishing in an abysmal 12th position in the Premiership table with just 24 points from 21 matches. In the summer, Spurs were the best bet to creep into the top four but this season has been so ridiculously horrible that at one point Spurs were even struggling in the relegation zone.
Although the situation has now been somewhat rectified, speculation on Berbatov’s commitment to the club hasn’t abated. Spurs manager Juande Ramos is still confident that they shall be able to keep the player at White hart Lane for the remainder of the season. This is the quote from SkySports:
Obviously Berbatov’s agent is looking to do his business and has made his comments. But we are happy because we have the player on a contract, and we plan to keep him.
But if the player’s agent has his way, then the Bulgarian shall certainly move to new and greener pastures. Berbatov’s agent Emil Dantchev has blatantly said that Berbatov wants to move to a club in the Premiership “which matches his ambition” and by this one can smell the entry of the top four into the drama. Even Italian Serie A giants AC Milan have been reported to be interested in snatching the 26-year old striker from Spurs in January. So is Berbatov heading out of White Hart Lane? He has already hit the back of the opposition net 11 times for Spurs in all competitions with 10 assists to his name. Spurs haven’t lacked goals in the Premier League this season but have conceded goals in comic fashion. Sometimes the Spurs defenders have virtually led the opponents by their hands to Paul Robinson’s goal who too has been benevolent at times. So is the Spurs team disintegrating? Ramos says that they have to solidify the defense. He says:
We are lacking in some defensive departments, and it is something we need to look at. We are paying for lapses. We need to find a solution to our defensive problems. If we can’t sort the problems out with the players we already have here, we will look outside for other players.
This can be read as an intension to spend money in January and buy defenders to shore up the defense. But would Spurs be able to cling onto their most prized asset? Would Berbatov stay with the club until at least the end of the season?