Gareth Bale masterclass is just what Tottenham need this season
Gareth Bale has shown time and time again how good he is and he was at it again on Sunday.
The veteran Real Madrid star scored a wonderful hat-trick as Wales beat Belarus 3-2 in UEFA World Cup Qualifying.
Having scored an early penalty, the Welsh found themselves 2-1 down at half-time, yet came back thanks to a second Bale penalty and a late strike from their talisman for a 3-2 win.
At 32, Bale is certainly getting on and is past his best, but that doesn’t mean he can’t contribute.
Last season for Tottenham saw Bale score an incredible 16 goals in all competitions, despite being starved of minutes for long periods under Jose Mourinho (Transfermarkt).
In the Premier League alone, Bale netted 11 goals over the course of just 920 minutes, averaging a strike every 83 minutes.
That sort of firepower would come in very handy for Spurs this time around under Nuno Espirito Santo.
In Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son the Lilywhites have guaranteed goals.
However, Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn could only manage a combined eight Premier League goals (WhoScored).
That simply isn’t enough goals from the supporting cast and now Spurs face the worries of wondering where their goals will come from should Kane and/or Son be struck down with injury.
Days after Bale secured his loan return to Tottenham last year, it was reported that Spurs had an option to extend Bale’s loan for a second season (The Standard).
A lot has happened during the last year.
Mourinho has been sacked, Bale was left out of the Carabao Cup final starting eleven and Nuno Espirito Santo has now taken charge.
Back in July, Nuno came out and made it clear that Bale wouldn’t be returning (Football.London), whilst claiming that new signings were needed for the North Londonders to improve.
However, we now sit almost two months on from those comments, the window has slammed shut and the only attacking reinforcement through the door was the young Bryan Gil.
It’s far from an ideal situation and already we have seen what could be an issue at the club.
Whilst the Lilywhites are the only side with a 100% record in the Premier League, they have only managed three goals.
If Nuno’s side can start to score more freely, then the option not to renew Bale’s loan will be vindicated.
However, given the lack of goal-scoring options you can see why Bale will be missed.
In a long season in which the Lilywhites will be competing across four competitions, extra goal-scoring options should not be sniffed at.
An extra ten league goals would go a long way and with the battle for top four looking at being as competitive as ever, that could be the difference between Spurs playing Champions League football and Europa League football next season.
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