Paul Robinson disagrees with Hoddle’s assessment of Gareth Bale

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Paul Robinson has admitted that he would not think twice about re-signing Gareth Bale on loan next season if he was Tottenham’s next manager.

Contradictory reports have come out regarding Bale’s future over the last couple of weeks.

Reports in the British press have claimed that Daniel Levy will offer the next Tottenham boss the chance to re-sign the winger next season, with the North London club having the option to extend his stay on the same terms as his current loan deal.

However, AS have contradicted that claim, suggesting that Tottenham will have to re-negotiate a new deal with Real Madrid if they hope to have the forward back.

Glenn Hoddle has stated that it might not be the wisest of choices for Spurs to re-sign Bale as the 31-year-old has not been consistent enough over the last few months.

However, Robinson disagreed with that assessment, insisting that his former Spurs teammate has shown enough recently to suggest that he will be an asset for the squad.

He told Football Insider: “I would take him again 100 per cent. There is a lot of things to take into consideration though. One of the main obstacles would be the financial package.

“What wages would he demand? What kind of fee would Real Madrid and the agents want? And how much is there for the new manager to spend? If it eats too far into the transfer budget, probably not.

“On the evidence of his recent form though I would take him again. He has shown that he has still got so much left to give. He is still one of the world’s best performers.

“His hattrick against Sheffield United was no ordinary hattrick. Some of those finishes were outstanding.

“If the finances are right they should re-sign him, without a doubt. If I was the manager I definitely would.”

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I believe the decision regarding Bale has to be left to the new manager. If we do hand the job to someone like Graham Potter, I can see him declining the opportunity to sign Bale given the amount of work the Brighton boss demands from his forwards off the ball.

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  1. I think Bale almost has to have a free role now. He can’t track back and run around like a headless chicken these days. He has shown some real quality. I think the only concern is in some big games he hasn’t shown much. We don’t have enough of the ball or keep the ball well enough at times. Even against Leeds, we gave the ball away so easily. Maybe with a better blend in midfield we can hold the ball more and get it out to Bale and Son more often than we have lately. Clearly our full.backs have been in horrible form and both have been bullied by wingers, meaning we look more at the players in front of them. Full back, right back especially is as key an area as centre back. I think we have two of the worst right backs we’ve had in a long time. And I’ve never rated Ben Davies as a top six player. He is simply a good back up player.


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