Former Spurs star pleased with response to losing Bale.
Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker believes his old club have responded well to selling Gareth Bale by reinvesting his transfer fee in so many top class players, according to the Independent.
The 52-year-old Match of the Day presenter played for Spurs between 1989 and 1992, and is excited by the prospect of his old side picking up so many good additions this summer following the lucrative £85m sale of Bale to Real Madrid.
The Welsh winger was widely considered to be the best player in the Premier League last season, though Spurs have managed to bring in the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado as replacements for the influential attacker.
Lineker believes the north Londoners deserve credit for their response to the loss of Bale, and thinks his old club can finish above local rivals Arsenal this season.
Arsenal have historically been the superior side, though in recent times Spurs have caught up and finished just one point behind the Gunners in the race for fourth place last season.
The two teams now sit joint-top of the Premier League, and Lineker had his say on this current Spurs team and how they might do this year.
“I think they’ll probably finish above Arsenal,” Lineker told Absolute Radio’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Football Show.
“Well, the interesting thing is that normally clubs… if they sell a huge player, they always say, oh, we’ll spend the money, we’ll put it back in the team but they invariably don’t, whereas at least you can say for Spurs they’ve had a plan and they’ve spent that money – and they’ve spent it actually before they got it really – so I think actually they’ve bought pretty well on the whole.”
“Not all of them are going to be successes but I think Eriksen is going to be a terrific player, Paulinho is a force to be reckoned with.”
Like Bale, Lineker also spent time in Spain in his career, enjoying a successful three-year spell with Barcelona, and believes from his experience that it will be important for the new Real Madrid man to learn the language and immerse himself in the culture.
He added: “When I went to Barcelona, I looked at all the players that had been pretty successful abroad, Laurie Cunningham, Ray Wilkins, Platty (David Platt), Trevor Francis, Steve Archibald – the ones that did really well, where the ones that sort of immersed themselves in the culture and learned the language and I don’t think it’s any coincidence.”