There has been a veritable storm of controversy hitting the tabloids and TV stations these past couple of days as Daniel Levy vents his anger at the actions of Rafa and Sir Alex over their attempts to unsettle Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane into moves away from White Hart Lane, but the question is can or indeed will Spurs keep hold of either or indeed both of their world class strikers?
The facts are indisputable, the Irishman and the Bulgarian are quite easily one of, if not the, best strike pairings in the Premier League. 91 goals between them over the past two seasons it pretty incredible, even more so when you consider Robbie started less than half the Premier League campaign two seasons ago.
Whilst it’s no surprise that both are heavily linked with moves away from north London one could argue that the actions of both Liverpool and Man United bosses have been abhorrent. Many will say that such actions are part and parcel of the game but two wrongs don’t make a right and it was good to hear Levy making his dissatisfaction heard but I for one doubt very much the Premier League will do anything to punish either club.
Given the fact that Tottenham have made some very positive investments this summer and have an excellent manager in situ one would hope that both strikers would stick with a club which shows very real potential but will that happen? Dimitar has been sulking recently and he seems very keen to leave for Old Trafford, but if the chairman wants to make a point he can always refuse the Bulgarian his chance to join the Champions League holders, after all he is under contract (and that still means something, if not much, in today’s game). Yes it would be a brave move to prevent a player from leaving, it could even backfire as an unhappy player is not the best thing to have disrupting the club, but a stand will have to made sooner or later.
Robbie Keane seems a different kettle of fish altogether. The former Leeds man hasn’t courted publicity on the move and seems pretty much committed to Ramos and the Spurs cause, so my gut instinct says he will stay whereas Berbs should be prevented from leaving unless a very generous offer is made. What is the 27 year old genius’s value? Well lets think about that, given Arsenal valued Adebayor at around £25-£30m bracket then surely Levy would be perfectly within his rights to ask for £30m+!