Former Leeds United defender, Danny Mills believes that just having Gareth Bale in the Tottenham dressing room for the clash against West Ham would be a massive boost to the squad, irrespective of whether the Welshman starts.
Reports indicate that the Tottenham players and coaching staff at Hotspur Way have been impressed with Bale’s hunger and quality in training and that the Welshman is expected to be fit for the London derby on Sunday (Telegraph).
Tottenham posted clips of the 31-year-old training with the squad at Hotspur Way on Monday and some Spurs fans on social media could not hide their excitement.
The Hammers come into the clash in very good form, having brushed aside Leicester City and Wolves in their previous two matches.
However, Mills believes that even if the away side manage to keep it tight until the hour mark, Bale coming on as a substitute would serve as a big boost to Jose Mourinho’s men.
The pundit told Football Insider: “It will be a big boost to have in the dressing room, definitely.
“When you need a goal or a bit of inspiration from the bench there are not too many better than Gareth Bale.
“Mourinho likes to keep it tight and if by the 60th minute the scores are level he will bring Bale on. Suddenly the opposition will be worried.
“It is a magnificent option for Mourinho to have at his disposal.”
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A lot of rival fans have underestimated the significance us signing Bale. Many seem to think it is similar to when Henry returned to Arsenal and that the move is more about the romance of a returning hero rather than the actual quality that Bale can bring to the table. In reality, Bale is only 31 and, if he can stay fit, we potentially have a world-class player on our hands, who is hungry to show what he can do after the criticism he has received over the last few years.
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