Dimitar Berbatov took home the match ball this weekend, after Spurs’ exhilarating 6-4 over Reading. Berbatov scored four of the goals, leading Spurs to another impressive victory, after the 5-1 thrashing they dealt Fulham just a few days before.
Before the start of the season there was talk of Tottenham replacing their local rivals, Arsenal, in the top four. United made a bid for the striker, but were turned down. Things didn’t go entirely to plan for Spurs either, with injuries costing them badly, Martin Jol unable to keep his side out of the relegation zone. Berbatov made his unhappiness known and his behaviour looked to put a future United move in doubt. In Spurs’ 3-1 defeat to Newcastle, Martin Jol had severe difficulty in getting the Bulgarian striker to go on to the pitch. Berbatov had to be asked three times before finally warming up, showing his petulant streak to the World.
Since then though, Berbatov has seemingly got his act together, and has scored several important goals, particularly in Europe. His agent, Emil Dantchev, has spoken out about the prospect of a January move for Berbatov. “I have already spoken to the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, and told him that if a club that corresponds to Dimitar’s class and ambition comes in with an offer that suits his current club in January, he would like to be allowed to go,” he said. “Dimitar is OK at Tottenham. I would not say he is happy. But his performances for the club are a testament to his commitment to the fans and his team-mates. He has never stopped trying and scoring goals to help the team. Fans must understand Dimitar is 27 next month and time is running out for him to play for a club that can match his ambition. I would like to stress this is not about money. This is about sporting ambition. But after Tottenham’s bad start to the season, it is unlikely they will have the chance to do something big this season.”
With Louis Saha still struggling to find form and facing criticism for a lack of effort from our fans, would bringing in Berbatov be the perfect option for us? A striker who could compliment Rooney and Tevez, bulking up our strike force. Injuries don’t appear to be a problem for the Bulgarian, with him averaging over forty games a season over the past four years, something to make Saha jealous. The stumbling block is not likely to be the £25 million we would probably have to pay, but Juande Ramos’ reluctance to let the talented striker leave.
Do you think Spurs would let Berbatov join us in January? If they would, do you want him?
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