Would Sam be Interested in Berbatov?

The talk after Monday night’s defeat at Newcastle was all about how long Martin Jol would last as Spurs manager.

Whether it was true or not it did appear in the second half that star striker Dimitar Berbatov was less than enthusiastic to come into the game.

To say the least, he didn’t look like a willing combatant.


Dimitar Berbatov – will Spurs put him up for sale?

This has to be worrying to the Spurs hierarchy, it’s one thing to lose a manager but entirely different if your star players become discontented with the manager and look to move away.

Apparently Jol spoke with Daniel Levy on the return flight from Newcastle to London on Monday night and is expected to meet with the chairman again today. Levy does not believe Jol has repaid the faith he has shown in him on the field with results,

Jol will argue that he has got the team in 5th position in two consecutive seasons but the start Spurs have made this season in the league is just not good enough, and the game at Newcastle on Monday evening hardly helped.

It was clear that Spurs weakness was in defense, and central defense at that, with 21 goals being conceded in 10 league games which has yielded just a single victory. One thing seems clear and that is that Spurs have to make the decision rather quickly. Their next league game is at home to Blackburn Rovers oin Sunday and they have a UEFA cup game against Getafe on Thursday evening. Anything other than a win against Blackburn, who have started the season very well, could seal Jol’s fate.

As far as Berbatov is concerned, if indeed he is put up for sale Big Sam may be interested in the Bulgarian, who we know was a big Newcastle supporter and idolized a certain Alan Shearer in his youth. But he will be very expensive with Manchester United looking to be involved in the bidding too.

We wonder if he’d be worth the massive transfer fee. We’d rather see big money paid out in January for a world-class creative midfielder. We seem to have no trouble scoring goals with Owen, Martins, Viduka and Smith available up front for us.

What do you think? Would he be worth the fee? Would he want to come to Tyneside?

Let us know – comments very welcome.

74 comments so far

  • MattyDread

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Berbatov would be an absolutely immense signing. But it won’t happen.

  • nightfall

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    well…yes..he’s worth it! viduka is getting old, owen is past his best and smith…smith is just a decent sub… oh and shola is a championship player… so…yes…i think we should sign berbatov!!!

  • yemozone

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Berbatov will prefer Man u b’cos man u too has shown interest in signing him

  • Midjew

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Berbatov is SUPERB he is not JUST a goal scorrer but also setups up amazing goals.

    HE WOULD BE A GREAT BUY!! But dont see it happening!

  • andy

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    nightfall are you a mackem in disguise or what!
    owen past his best? have a word with yourself he single handly won the two games against russia and israel. and as for viduka no1 in the premiership has the centre foreward mentalaty anymore if you can name one i will take my hat off but at the moment would i want berbatov, yes in an ideal world but we much need a midfielder with flair..

  • Karl Fenham Hustler

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    I think there’s an outside shot of us being able to coax him into coming here.. With Allardyce’s powers of persuasion as well as Berbatov calling it ‘a dream come true’ to play at St James park.. I’d like to sign him. Think it would be awesome.. but who knows

  • ross

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    I think he’ll come. If he idolised wor Al and the club that much he would pick us over the mancs. He would be a deffinate starter too with one of our stubby strikers playing off him. If he does come up for sale we should go for him and if we do, dont rule out seeing him in a toon top next Jan.

  • Steely

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh my God!! After what we seen from him at the game on Monday night I cant believe anyone could agree that we should try and get him….especially after our past record with stroppy players (Robert, Bellamy, Dyer etc).

    If we were to get him it would be one of the biggest step-backs in time that the club has ever made, and it would tragic after seeing how well we are moving forward right now.

    And I dont care how much of a “man manager” and “inspiration” to wayward players BSA is….its just not worth it!! Why waste time trying to calm wild players, when he should be out there nurturing the talented and willing!

    I have every faith in BSA that he will not go down this road!

  • Steely

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Please bear in mind that Tottenham were warned about his reputation as being an extremely arrogant and stroppy player when they bought him. Its all good and well when he gets things his way, but just look at what’s happening now when he isnt calling the shots….not what we need…AT ALL!!

  • Jerry

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    This I think is our best team and hopefully Allardyce will stumble on my selection and tactical plan.


    Nzogbia Martins

    Emre Barton


    Enrique Cacapa Rozenhal Beye

    This formation/tactic will enable to use all our outstanding players and in their positions too. In a defensive mode, the formation can easily switch to a 4-5-1 mode, and in an attacking situation could switch to a 4-3-3. This will hopefully means ball played to feet! No long balls !

  • indian toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    naah.. we hav martins, smith, carrol for the future and top draw strikers in viduka and owen. btw shola is NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP STRIKER, he’s played through the pain barrier many a times for nufc and will always do so.. a couple of bad games and the whole bunch of fans are out with their pitch forks. thats how fickle minded nufc fans are.. just give the lad a chance to prove himself. believe me he’s gonna be a good target man. hope sam gives him some chance specially against weaker teams and in the fa cup..

  • Nick C

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    The thing is. He is absolute quality. He reminds me a little bit of Cantona. Not many people were interested in Anelka when Sam purchased him for Bolton and yet he managed to get him playing.
    Berbatov would be a great signing under Sam Allardyce.

  • Aussie Geordie

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #13

    He wont move here and we should not want him.

  • Jerry

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14






  • ssdd

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #15

    what about sell Owen and buy him
    he can play alongside with martins and smith
    then Viduka be his backup
    and Shola..
    no place for him=(

  • Jerry

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #16

    No place for Owen am afraid. He can only play in a 4-4-2 and at the moment the players we have, and those we MUST accommodate do not fit into this system.

  • yemozone

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    ssdd-yes u’re right

  • yemozone

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    sell owen,buy berbatov and nufc will be a threat in the prem leag

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #19

    Berbatov would be too expensive for Newcastle but a terrific signing for someone at the right price.

    Would need Big Al and BSA using their powers of persuasion to bring him to Newcastle, but also Ashley providing the cash; i.e. lots of it…..

    I don’t see Berbatov coming to Newcastle, although I expect Ameobi to leave in January and BSA bringing in a replacement!

  • andy

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20

    the question is would Berbatov be interested in joining the toon??

  • ssdd

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #21

    andy- if Spurs is not improving, and we achieve EURO , surely he will want.Brisbane Mag was right, we need Big Al and BSA using their powers of persuasion to bring him in. mayb at the coming summer

  • ssdd

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #22


    either one if we do buy him and owen leave

  • Len

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Berbatov at the right price would be a great buy. Right price means you can unload him if he doesnt perform. And that is unlikely to happen. Personally I would try for Anelka who seems to have got his act together at last or the Pompey Cheetah Utaka who looks fast enough to be useful at the Olympics.

  • ChrisL

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24

    We just got shot of all our sulky players…. Undoubtedly a great player but I don’t want him as I fear he’d upset the balance in the dressing room. He’s also a player I believe that will jump to a bigger ship every chance he gets.

  • bowsie

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25

    If we want to achieve our ambitions we have to try and snatch players like Berbatov. He can play the ball on the ground, he’s superb in the air, he’s pacey, he creates – Berbatov is simply one of the best centre forwards in the world at the moment.

    In saying that – we should probably concentrate our big money for someone in the midfield. Perhaps someone who can play in the right or centre.

    But, if I was Mike Ashley, and willing to spend the cash, then this is kind of move you want to sanction. Can’t afford to let class like that go idly by – though Berbatov is probably bound for a bigger club.

    As regards his temperament, don’t be so short-sighted. There’s something rotten at Spurs and while he hasn’t shown the best professionalism, a good coach can manage that side of him.

  • iain

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #26

    we would be daft not to have a crack at signing a player that good especially given the recent story about berba being a shearer/nufc fan as a kid. whether he is now who knows ???

    we should always be looking to improve the squad though, imo some players who we can do better than and there possible replacements…

    shola – berbatov
    pattison – edmilson
    carr – my nan(even with osteoporosis she is nimbler than that fat lump)
    babayaro – a cardboard cutout of babayaro himself.

  • Gallacher the Horse

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Iain, the ‘cardboard cutout’ made me laugh out loud. At least it wouldn’t move out of the way of tackles!

  • nightfall

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #28

    + martins-carroll…they showed they can play together

  • valle

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Sell Owen???… U cant be serious!… We have one of the absolute best finishers in the world and thats not enough for u?… Owen is pure class, he knows the game and can bring the wingers in, make smart passes and get on the end of chances, and when he does, he is mr. cool…

    Jerry:… Hopefully Sam wont use that tactic, to be honest it seems a little like a football manager 2008 formation. I would rather use Owen and Dukes up front with Smith and Martins as cover and then buy a world class right winger and a creative midfielder… Oh, and perhaps a new cover for left back


    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #30




  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Shola is not as bad as ppl go on about but people r right in sayin he is not good enough for us, i think he would fit in fine in one of the lower prem teams an i think calling him a championship player is a bit harsh, i think in a team where he would be a first team starter say … wigan, birmingham, etc he would prove himself as a decent prem striker.

  • Ace

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Lets go get him……….See if we can include Shola in the deal too…….No sense keeping dead weight around anymore. I think its possible to get him especially cause FFS is no longer around but I forgot he always backed his managers.

  • michael

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #33

    he’s been absolute arse this year. definitely not worth £25 million+ for a striker who scored 12 goals last year. seriously overpriced, overrated with an apparent overinflated sense of self worth. although when describe him like that then it’s obvious he’s toon fan!

  • michael

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    and shola is wank. so was chopra. get real people

  • nightfall

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #35

    25 mio? 10 + owen and sell carr, babayaro and shola for 6-7 and so we get a cheaper and a better squad for 3 mio… all those wages cost aprox. 1 mio a month…

  • Jam

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Berbatov would be class, but way too much. I would prefer us to spend on Eidur Gudjohnsen, try to bring in Edmilson and Urby Emmanuelson, then try and manufacture some sort of deal to bring Giles Barnes from Derby as Dyer’s replacement with Shola going the other way in January. That would do very nicely..

  • true

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #37

    We dont want him not because he is not good enough because of him attitude, San is building a squad glued together with team spirit, listen to how many of the players are prasing and publicly stating they want to play for him.
    Berbatov has a history of been a disruptive player, WE DONT WANT HIM there are better to be had for the team.

  • true

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh, and if anyone out there thinks selling Owen is a good move! you obvioulsy have lost the plot and i suggest you sell up and move 5 mile across the river there is a team there in red and white you should be watching! you muppets.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Sell Owen and get Berbatov ?????????????????? Where do people come up with this nonsense ?????

    When will you finally realize that Owen is our best player by far ?? he’s our superstar, he’s up there Rooney, C.Ronaldo, Ronaldinho.

    However i would gladly take Berbatov, him and Owen would be an absolute world class pair fit for any team in the world.

    Compared to those two Viduka, Ameobi, Martins, Caroll, Smithy are all Championship strikers, and i say this with the biggest love towards them.

  • Ross

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #40

    fair enough berbatov would be an excellent signing, but anything around the region of 25 mil would be a ridiculous price.
    its been said he loved newcastle, he loved shearer, but it doesnt mean he wont throw a wobbler if he isnt happy.
    maybe sam can deal with players like that, but he shouldnt have to. the amount of money theyre paid, players should do as they’re told.
    and as for selling owen for him, thats ridiculous. owen and a decent sum of money for berbatov, to a spurs team that are horrible atm anyway, is terrible.


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