If any respected author were asked to write about the stories and myths that have often shrouded Craig Bellamy’s footballing talents they would probably politely decline – they would not have enough time. However if Tottenham do eventually get their man, the White Hart Lane faithful should ignore all that has gone before.
After all, he has grown up since those days at Newcastle United where arguments with Graeme Souness and text messages to Alan Shearer made a welcome return to St James Park’ an impossibility and even to a lesser extent Liverpool where Bellamy decided to practice his golf swing on fans favourite John Arne Riise.
The opening of the Craig Bellamy Football Foundation for disadvantaged children is Sierra Leone and a generous investment of £650,000 of his own money to help build a football academy to develop the country’s young football talent is perhaps the most obvious evidence that the striker, capped 58 times for Wales, has repressed the destructive influence he once held.
His talents on the field have also come to fruition at Eastlands with 11 goals and 14 assists last season underlining the importance he would have for Harry Redknapp’s Spurs should he opt to join them over a re-union with Mark Hughes at Craven Cottage.
The Spurs boss is understood to have offered in the region of £8million for the striker who he believes would be an important part of maintaining the unity in the Spurs camp due to his experience with top-clubs and his combative nature both on and off the pitch.
He said: “We need a couple of experienced players – a few men in the team, Inter Milan won the Champions League with men, they weren’t kids. I think it’s going to be important.”
The offer of Champions League football is likely to be utilised in order to try and lure Bellamy to Tottenham who face stiff competition from Fulham and Aston Villa if they are to install the fiery veteran before their game against Swiss side Young Boys.
Whether Bellamy will soon to be unveiled at White Hart Lane remains to be seen but it appears since his darker days at Newcastle Bellamy has come of age and his electric pace would offer any Premier League a threat in attack least of all Spurs’ who appear desperate for his signature so they can involve him in their European excursions.