Dimitar Berbatov is on his way out of Manchester United, where he never really managed to nail down a starting place.
A total of 49 goals in 108 appearances for United highlights the striker’s potential in front of goal, and he is warmly remembered by many supporters at White Hart Lane for his goals and general link-up play during his two years with the club.
Then, like now, Berbatov could be partnered with a clever, deeper lying strike partner – the elegant flourished with Robbie Keane – a duo so successful together they shared the Premier League Player of the Month award in April 2007 – and he could do the same with Rafael Van Der Vaart.
Alternatively, Berbatov could link up with a faster forward like Jermain Defoe or Louis Saha, bringing flying wingers Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon into play and making his own relative lack of pace less of a problem.
Berbatov is still only 31 and should be in his prime, available at a reasonable price and probably willing to accept a role at a club battling to get back into the Champions League.
He has also retired from international duty, leaving him relatively fresh for Thursday nights in the Europa League.
Spurs have struggled to finish off teams this season, winning 1-0 or 2-0 when they should be four or five goals up after creating a host of chances, and as an option from the bench or a direct replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor should the Togolese striker depart, chairman Daniel Levy might think Berbatov represents good value for money.
Teddy Sheringham showed that leaving Spurs for United, winning trophies and then returning to the club could be a success, and it could be a great sight for Spurs supporters to see the Bulgarian, confidence restored under Harry Redknapp’s tutelage, enjoy another year or two in north London.
Former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has come out and said that the Reds should be placing Champions League qualification as a minimum requirement.
That is all very well in theory but in practice after the damage Kenny Dalglish has done this season, there is slim to no chance that will happen next term.
The new man – whoever he is – will need to stamp his own authority on a side that have mediocrity as a constant running throughout.
No doubt European football is attainable to a club of the Reds’ size, fanbase and history – but certainly not next term and probably not even the year after. It is revolution not evolution needed on Merseyside and that will take a while.
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