Paul Merson: Tottenham won’t finish in top four if Gareth Bale leaves

Paul Merson believes Tottenham Hotspur won't have a shot at finishing in the top four if Gareth Bale leaves this summer

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Gareth Bale scored 21 league goals for Tottenham in 2012-13 Photo: Back Page Images

Paul Merson says Tottenham Hotspur won’t finish in the top four this season if Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid.

The Wales international has been linked with a world-record £105m switch to the La Liga runners-up after scoring 21 Premier League for Spurs goals last season.

The 24-year-old was unable to fire the north London side into the Champions League as Arsenal secured fourth spot, prompting talk of a move to Los Blancos.

And former Gunners midfielder Merson reckons Tottenham would be a significantly weakened side if Bale was to leave White Hart Lane in the current transfer window.

“I’m ruling Spurs out on the basis that if Gareth Bale goes then you’re taking half of Tottenham out of the equation,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Where would they have been without his goals last season?”

And Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier also expects Spurs to struggle to dislodge Arsenal, especially if Bale leaves.

Le Tissier said: “I think it will be difficult for any of the other sides to break into that.

“Spurs will probably lose Gareth Bale and without him they won’t be quite as a strong, while Liverpool aren’t ready yet.

“I went for the Reds to finish sixth above Everton; I don’t think they’re quite good enough yet for the Champions League.”

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