The Welsh winger has joined the Premier League club on a season-long loan.
With the new season currently underway and players signing with new clubs, Gareth Bale’s name has once again come out to the forefront and stole much of the spotlight. Gareth Bale, whose future at the club was a matter of great speculation among the media and fans alike, has finally returned to Tottenham Hotspur for a year-long loan.
The rumours were already doing the rounds, most notably after the comments of his representative Jonathan Barnett. Barnett had confirmed that this time, he was closest to leaving the club than he had been since joining Real Madrid in 2013.
This would definitely shake things up in North London as this is a priced acquisition and would definitely give Jose Mourinho new angles to work with. Here, we take a look at five reasons as to why Gareth Bale can be an important asset for the Lilywhites this season.
5. Familiarity with the club
It’s always a daunting task for a player to head into a new club and face new challenges. A new ground, fans, rivalries, management and overall expectations can bring a lot of weight on your shoulders and many greats have been known to crumble under this immense pressure. But, that won’t be the case with Bale at Spurs, as he has spent some glorious days at the club.
This is the same club that made him an international star, sought after by many of the top clubs worldwide for his services. The Welsh international spent six years in North London, winning the team’s Player of the Year awards thrice. With over 146 appearances and 42 goals, Bale surely knows what it takes to shine. His sound relationship with the Tottenham management and his love for the club would definitely be a motivating factor for him and will be beneficial for the club’s success.
4. Partnership with Harry Kane
After Bale’s departure, Harry Kane has taken up the mantle of Tottenham’s attack. He has been a prolific goalscorer for the club and has responded every time the team needed him. With 147 goals already at just 27 years of age, Gareth Bale is definitely going to be the perfect partner in crime for Kane.
On one hand, you have Bale’s experience, his pace, craft and skill with the ball and on the other, Kane’s ruthless finishing will definitely cause trouble for their opposition. It will be interesting to see as to how they will take the field and combine with each other to lend that perfect balance.
3. Big Match Player
Despite being injury-prone, there is no question about the talent that Gareth Bale possesses. On his day, he can definitely turn the game in his team’s favour without even breaking a sweat. He is definitely a player for bigger occasions. His performances in UEFA Champions League finals show that he is not someone to wither under pressure.
His new teammates can learn a thing or two from him and gain confidence by having him in their ranks. The club have made a habit of being susceptible and missing out on chances when they present themselves. A solid mentality and iron will which Bale brings, might be the missing ingredient that the team desperately needs to find that winning momentum.
2. The Tutelage of Jose Mourinho
When Gareth Bale was making his grand entrance into the Real Madrid squad in 2013, Jose Mourinho had already departed after a three-year spell at the club. But, he had been chasing the winger for some time during his stay in the Spanish capital.
The Portuguese has been all praise for the attacker. Speaking to the media he admitted, “There is no secret (of my admiration of the player), I think even Gareth knows that.” So, it will be interesting to see how this relationship pans out. The “Special One” is known to bring out the best in his players and it might be just what Bale and the club need.
1. Proving the critics wrong
Bale has spent the most part of his career at Real Madrid on the sidelines riddled with injuries. This has been more so after the arrival of Zinedine Zidane, who has used him more as a substitute than as a player in the starting lineup. Apparently, his style of play didn’t fit in with Zidane’s way of coaching.
There were also reports about him falling out with the Madrid coach. His relationship with the fans has also suffered as a result of the impasse, making it difficult for him to stay at the club. So, he will be more than determined to prove what he is capable of with his performances.
Bale is 31 years old and is edging closer to the end of his career. There is no doubt that he would love to end it on a high and Tottenham might just be the perfect place for him to do it.