At the moment, the age-old question frequently asked by fans of Tottenham Hotspur surrounds Gareth Bale, ‘Would you take him back?’
The romantic side to many Spurs fans would love to see Bale pull on the Lilywhite shirt again, to score screamers from outside the box, and to help Spurs in a title push with all the experience he has gathered at Real Madrid.
However, with the romanticism comes cynicism, as some Spurs fans may feel that he wouldn’t fit in with the current team and Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy.
Those Spurs fans could be forgiven for harnessing those feelings, for the way Bale handled his eventual transfer to Madrid was rumoured to be that of a player out for himself as he forced the ‘dream move’ (The Express).
Bale’s ability cannot be denied, though. With 231 appearances for Real Madrid, Bale has scored 102 goals, provided 65 assists and won 14 trophies, including 4 Champions League titles (Transfermarkt).
However great Bale’s ability has been for Madrid, there is no denying that current manager, Zinedine Zidane is still looking to move him on (TalkSPORT):
“We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to.”
Bale’s treatment hasn’t been the greatest in the last couple of seasons and that’s something former Tottenham player and coach, Clive Allen alludes to in his recent appearance on talkSPORT: “I think it has all been handled pretty horrifically.
“So much has been made public about the fall out with Zidane. I think Real Madrid have handled it very poorly.
“I don’t think he should be going to China.
“I think there are so many possible suitors in European football and even Premier League football – I’d love to see him come back to the Premier League.
“I sat down with him and his family when he came to Spurs many years ago, and I said Spurs was the platform for him to go on and do anything he wanted, to fulfil his dreams. He bought into that and he came to Spurs.
“I’d say the exact same thing today. This is not the same club he joined those years aback, Tottenham Hotspur are up among the top teams in European football.
“Come back to Tottenham, Gareth. That’s my message to him, absolutely.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I’d take Bale back in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t take him back at the expense of anyone, though. With his injury record, I would look to use him in the biggest games, for that winning mentality of his would do our team wonders.
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