Wales teammate backs Gareth Bale to play ‘his best football’ with Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Wales midfielder, Andy King has backed Gareth Bale to rediscover his best form this season now that he is back at Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs fans are understandably excited at the prospect of Bale taking to the field again in a Lilywhite shirt and reports have indicated that the 31-year-old is likely to make his second debut against West Ham on Sunday (Telegraph).

Alasdair Gold has revealed that the pacey wide man has blown away the Spurs coaching staff as well as his teammates with the drive and quality he has shown in training so far.

Bales’ agent, Jonathan Barnett also claimed that the winger has found happiness again now that he is back at Tottenham, and has backed the Lilywhites to push for the Premier League title this season.

King is confident that Spurs will have a world-class player on their hands this season and is hopeful that Wales can also benefit as a result of Bale’s return to North London.

The Huddersfield Town midfielder told Sky Sports (as relayed by Football.London): “We’ve seen playing with Wales and playing with him for a number of years that he plays his best football when he is happy off the pitch, the same with everyone really.

“I think him coming back to Tottenham, he’s said himself about it feeling like he’s moved back home.

“I’m sure at Tottenham everyone knows they’re getting a world-class player and I’m sure if everything is right for him off the pitch – like it should be now – he will play his best football on it.

“That’s great for the Premier League, great for Tottenham and great for Wales as well, because we want Bale match fit and coming into camps playing a lot of games and ready for the summer.

“We have got a massive tournament in the summer and you want him going into that on the back of a full season of football rather than a bit of a stop-start season.”

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Rather than looking at Bale’s final two seasons at Real Madrid (where he was so obviously lacking in motivation), assessing his recent performances for Wales gives us a much better idea of how good the 31-year-old is. It is clear looking at some of his displays for his country that Bale has not lost his pace or his ability to make stuff happen when he gets on the ball.

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