Opinion: Looking at whether Bale can fill the Kane striker void

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The season only finished on Sunday, but the future of two Spurs players is already dominating headlines – Harry Kane and Gareth Bale.

I don’t want to be drawn into the Kane will he, won’t he leave – but what if he does go? Yes, he’s irreplaceable and he is a phenomenon, but who could come in and take the Striker role at Tottenham?

Lots of names are already being linked with a move, but what about one Gareth Bale?

Bale has shown this season that he still has it when it comes to goalscoring and picking out a teammate around the box.

Where he has struggled is his tracking back on the wide right. There are times where Aurier or Doherty have been left exposed as Bale doesn’t have the legs to do 90 minutes of end to end running anymore.

IF Kane goes (it’s a big IF) – AND Bale wants to come back – could that potentially be a replacement for the next year?

He would play in most Premier League and bigger cup games, but leaves plenty of room for another striker to get lots of minutes, be it Dane Scarlett, Troy Parrott or a new signing – especially with the European Conference League fixtures too.

11 goals and 2 assists in 20 Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt.com) in a year where he had to get match fitness back is a great return – could that be 20 goals if the focus is purely on being a striker?

He has played as a number 9 for club and country before, and as he ages it could well suit him to limit runs to forward bursts, like we saw against Leicester on Sunday for the final goal.

With Son and another pacey winger alongside, it could end up being another deadly trio.

Bale also still holds appeal as one of the world’s best, even if he is on a decline – but replacing a club legend with another club legend could be a shrewd move for Tottenham and will be an appealing prospect for the yet named new manager.

On a final note – I really hope that Kane stays!!

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