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The worst rumor – or Downing for O’Hara and Bale

December 21, 2008

Moving for Stewart Downing in this window would be a massive mistake.

In a continuing story, the newest rumor is that Harry Redknapp is going to buy Stewart Downing from Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough club for £4 million, midfielder Jamie O’Hara and defender Gareth Bale. This move would be, quite simply, the worst transfer that Spurs could make in this window.

1. Downing really isn’t that good. Yes, Downing has skill and yes he’s fast, but Tottenham already has Aaron Lennon and David Bentley to man its wings. It would be nice to give one of them a break, but adding Downing to the side isn’t absolutely essential, and overpaying for him is dead wrong.

2. O’Hara has been finding his form as of late. The young midfielder was one of four Spurs players who played well against Spartak Moscow on Thursday, creating chances and holding the ball well. If he is allowed to mature in a midfield next to Tom Huddlestone and Lennon, Spurs could be set in three positions for a long time to come.

3. Bale, when healthy, is one of the best prospects in the Premier League. For six matches at the start of the 2007/2008 season, Bale stood out. Then he suffered a bad injury that he is still trying to recover from. When he regains his form, Bale is going to once again be a very important part on the left side of Tottenham’s defense. Plus his corners and free kicks are better than Bentley’s right now.

Basically, this rumor (which is probably rubbish anyways) means that Spurs would be trading two major parts of their future for one solid player right now. And that would be a huge mistake.

Originally posted at White Hart Lunatic

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