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Bringing back Gareth Bale would make Tottenham title contenders next season

The Welshman’s return would no doubt please Spurs fans.

Josh Kerr

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Tottenham Hotspur should bring back Gareth Bale to north-London if Mauricio Pochettino‘s side are to seriously challenge for the Premier League next season.

The deal would make sense for both clubs as Daniel Levy attempts to find a marquee signing to heighten the clubs status as Spurs move into their new state of the art stadium next season.

Bale may also be facing the axe from 12-time Champions League winners Real Madrid due to the La Liga side’s growing impatience with the Welsh winger.

While Bale’s extraordinary talents have been underappreciated in Spain for the last two seasons, a return to the club that defined him as one of the world’s best may just be the revival the former Spurs hero needs.

Madrid have struggled to keep the pace in the league domestically this season, surrendering to bitter rivals Barcelona, having fallen 18-points behind the newly crowned champions.

The gap in La Liga has led to fans demand a reshuffle of the squad and, despite making the Champions League final for the third year running, supporters will feel the season has been underwhelming by their high standards.

Bale joined Los Blancos back in the summer of 2013 for a fee, reported by BBC Sport, to be in the region of £85 million – a then world record signing.

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The Welsh international was superb in his debut season and has since won three Champions League trophies in his time at the Bernabeu.

However, injuries in the last couple of years have restricted Bale’s impact for the Spanish giants.

Despite the forward scoring 14 goals and providing eight assists in all competitions for Real Madrid this term, the hostile Madristas will undoubtedly demand added firepower in the summer window.

A move for Bale would be complicated with Tottenham’s strict wage budget.

However, after three successive top-four finishes, and with a new stadium on the horizon, they may feel it’s necessary to break the bank to bring the Wales star back.

Bale will, no doubt improve, the Lilywhite’s already impressive starting eleven.

With the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in their ranks, the 28-year-old could be the final piece of the puzzle to help close the gap on Manchester City.

Spurs will most likely have to spend more than the £85 million fee they initially sold him for, but Levy needs to be prepared to spend big this summer or get left behind by his top-flight rivals.

The signing of Bale will not just be the Lilywhites buying a former north-London hero, but one of the most decorated players in world football.

The Welshman’s arrival would also bring Spurs that trophy winning experience that Pochettino’s side so desperately need if they are to win their first domestic honour in over a decade.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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  1. Brandon Nelson

    May 16, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Can people stop this already. Levy will not bring bale back! And definitely not for more than he sold him. If spurs were to meet wage demands they would have to pay Eriiksen, Kane and Alli 200k a week. They are all younger and worth more than bale.

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If Tottenham lose Christian Eriksen, Hakim Ziyech is a quality replacement

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with the Ajax star this summer.

Mathew Coull

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Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to keep as much of their squad together for next season after another impressive, but ultimately trophyless campaign. One player who it seems may be hard to keep hold of is Danish attacker Christian Eriksen.

The playmaker has perhaps just had the best season of his Tottenham career but has attracted interest with that form. Barcelona are looking to find a replacement for club legend Andres Iniesta, who is leaving the Nou Camp this summer. As reported by Don Balon this weekend, Barca have decided Eriksen is the man for that job.

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With Barca lurking, Tottenham will be fearful of losing their Danish star. But who would the club sign as his replacement?

One potential option appears to be Moroccan international and Ajax star Hakim Ziyech. Last week it was reported that Spurs were one of many clubs interested in the player by Italian outlet Calciomercato.

So could he replace Eriksen?

The obvious comparisons begin with the club from which Tottenham would be signing him. Eriksen also arrived at Spurs from Ajax and has certainly proved to be a success.

In terms of playing style, he is very much like the Spurs star. An intelligent player he reads the game brilliantly. His passing range is also excellent and he has shown that on numerous occasions for Ajax the past two season.

This season he has scored nine goals in 39 appearances but has also been an assist machine. The 25-year-old has provided an incredible 18 assists in all competitions this season and is set to be the focal point of Morocco’s attack at the World Cup this summer.

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With Eriksen gone, Tottenham would be in need of a similar assist king and Ziyech is young enough to continue improving whilst still offering much of what Eriksen does for Spurs.

Signing Ziyech whilst Eriksen remains at the club would certainly not be necessary. With Dele Alli also present, it would be overkill in the number 10 role at Spurs.

But should they reluctantly let Eriksen head to Spain, Tottenham would be right to sign the carbon-copy Moroccan from Ajax this summer.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure could be the ideal successor for Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele

The France Under-21 international has enjoyed a fine season.

Josh Kerr

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Watford‘s Abdoulaye Doucoure has enjoyed an impressive season at Vicarage Road and the versatile midfielder could prove to be an ideal signing for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

According to the Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to listen to offers for the likes of Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

Dembele was one of the names shortlisted and has been a revelation in his six years at the club.

Many Spurs players, including Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier stated in Soccer AM interviews that they believe the 30-year-old midfielder to be the best player at the club.

However, Dembele is one of the stars linked with a departure from the Lilywhites so a replacement for the Belgian will be a vital priority for Pochettino this summer. Doucoure could be the perfect man for the job.

The 25-year-old has been the Hornets’ stand-out player this season and has consistently demonstrated that he is capable of playing at the highest level.

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Usually a holding midfielder, he is best known for his intricate array of passing in the middle of the park and his ability to break up play.

These traits match the qualities Dembele possesses and, therefore, he would prove a smart signing for Spurs.

The Frenchman also boasts an impressive tally in front of goal with seven goals and four assists in the league this season.

According to The Sun, Doucoure has been a previous target for Spurs, and the potential departure of Dembele gives Pochettino a greater incentive to find a replacement for the Belgium midfielder.

The France Under-21 international has two years remaining on his contract at Vicarage Road and is valued at £40 million.

The midfielder has been a goalscoring threat in a Watford side that has struggled to find consistency all season.

A move to one of the top-six would allow Doucoure to take his qualities to the next level and should definitely be a name the Lilywhites are monitoring over the summer period.

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After injury-stricken season, new Tottenham contract offers hope for Harry Winks

The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal at White Hart Lane.

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This week began with deflating news for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks.

On Wednesday, England’s World Cup squad was announced, with Winks missing out due to injury – a saddening sight as many believed he would have been a key player if fully fit.

But, just a day later, the 22-year-old was handed a massive boost when he signed a new five-year contract for Spurs.

The deal offers much-needed hope to a player who has endured a horrid 12 months, revealing that Mauricio Pochettino firmly believes in the central midfielder despite his recent injury woes.

Winks’ heartbreak began on 1 April 2017, when the youngster was stretchered off before half-time in Tottenham’s clash away at Burnley.

The right ankle injury ruled out Winks for the closing stages of the 2016/17 campaign, and the Englishman hoped to return rejuvenated for the following season.

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Initially, it seemed as the creative midfielder had overcome the ankle pain, as Winks starred in a  number of Spurs’ high-profile matches in the fall.

Impressing in Tottenham’s famous Champions League wins over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, he was rewarded with an England call-up in October.

Yet, in a league match against Palace the following month, he was forced off at half-time due to a recurrence of the ankle injury.

After that point, Winks’ season was never the same. Limited to just a handful of FA Cup appearances in 2018, Winks last played in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

The midfielder is now set to undergo ankle surgery this week, hoping that next season he can finally start anew and recapture his top form.

Now that Winks has a stable long-term future at the club, his rehabilitation process will be filled with far less stress and apprehension.

Mauricio Pochettino views the 22-year-old as integral to his future plans at White Hart Lane, and the boost of an extended contract is brilliant news for the England international’s fledgling career.

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