According to Marca, Tottenham Hotspur enquired about the availability of Gareth Bale prior to his agreement with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning. But, BBC Sport has recently revealed that the winger’s move to CSL has been called off and he will remain at Real Madrid for the time being. And this could serve as a massive boost for Mauricio Pochettino if he is still positive about signing Bale. But, is he a viable option for Spurs?
What would Bale have offered to the table?
Bale is regarded as one of the world’s best attackers. And despite his fair share of injury problems, the ex-Southampton forward has maintained a stunning physique that allows him to resist challenges and penetrate his way through the opposition defence. His willingness to take on defenders, coupled with his sheer pace, makes him one of the fiercest attackers in Europe.
Moreover, the Welshman is a threat from long-range, thanks to his vicious left foot. However, what made him a star at Real Madrid was his ability to perform in the big stage.
Where would Bale have fit in at Spurs?
Bale’s potential addition to the club will allow Pochettino to use Lucas Moura in his natural wide-attacking position. The Brazilian was primarily utilised in a central role due to the absence of Harry Kane during the second half of last season.
Besides, the fact that the 30-year-old can operate as a centre forward would make him more than just a capable alternative to Kane in the number nine slot. Alternatively, he could feature on the flanks alongside Son Heung-Min in Pochettino’s 4-2-3-1 setup, with Kane spearheading the attack.
Bale’s previous exposure in the Premier League and Tottenham would help him settle in quickly in North London. But most importantly, his addition to the club could enhance Spurs’ star power – something the Lilywhites pale in comparison with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and other top dogs of England.
Injuries and wages could have been a problem
One of the main issues in signing Bale is his awful injury record. The Welshman has surpassed the 2,500-minute mark in the league only once since joining Real Madrid in 2014. And his injury-prone nature would have posed a problem for a club that are expected to not only compete for the Premier League title but also take part in the Champions League.
Besides, Bale’s lucrative wage demand could disrupt Tottenham’s wage structure, restricting them from their usual activity in the transfer market. Hence, Spurs should drop their pursuit of the Welshman this summer.
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