When Dimitar Berbatov left Spurs for Manchester United at the end of the 2008 summer transfer window, fans at White Hart Lane were deeply upset at losing such an important player and at the way Berbatov had acted to ensure the move was forced through.
The previous February as fans celebrated the Carling Cup win over Chelsea in which Berbatov had scored the equaliser from the penalty spot, everyone had been looking forward to a bright future under Juande Ramos. The departure of the Bulgarian international meant that both strikers, Robbie Keane having signed for Liverpool, had left the club and with the late completion of the transfer there was no chance of finding a suitable replacement. Supporters feelings against Berbatov were running high.
Berbatov had signed for Tottenham in 2006 from Bayer Leverkusen. He made over 100 appearances in two seasons at White Hart Lane and scored 46 goals in all competitions.
Almost six years on, as Spurs struggle to convert possession into goalscoring chances and goals after signing seven new players during the summer, many Tottenham fans are prepared to put those past views behind them and support the return of Berbatov to the club as a possible solution to Tottenham’s current difficulty.
Yesterday’s poll in HotspurHQ resulted in 80% of fans supporting the return of Berbatov.
Those in favour remembered Berbatov’s past success at the club – On Facebook, Thomas Stephen Brooks commented,
Genius. The best finisher for us since Jimmy Greaves. I know what he done to us and didn’t want to play in the end…BUT…We need him, if he had joined us from Man Utd, in my opinion we would have been playing Champions League now. Maybe champions. Genius.
On Twitter, the following response was tweeted,
— Scott Bower (@Scottbows1970) December 6, 2013
Those who are against his return looked at his age, remembered his more lethargic (‘lazy’) performances and couldn’t forget the way he had treated us in 2008. Antony Spurs Parson’s comment on Facebook was,
No. Short term solution but say in 3 years he be like 36 prob not around. We need build for future. I prefer younger talent.
The response on Twitter was
— TomR THFC (@TomR555) December 6, 2013
Others suggested that perhaps two strikers would help resolve the issue with the addition of a younger hungry striker.
— Ben Archer (@benarcher60) December 6, 2013
Would Berbatov return to Tottenham if given the opportunity? It will depend on what other offers he receives and if a club with Champions League football see him as a short-term option. It is suggested that he wants to remain in England and the Daily Express had Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal as possible clubs who could show an interest.
The Fulham players responded quickly to the speculation over Berbotov’s future to try to persuade him to remain at Craven Cottage. In the Daily Mail, defender, Aaron Hughes said,
These performances are brilliant for us. Not only on the ball, but his work rate and not making it easy for midfielders. He played a big part against Spurs. He is a vital player for us.