Jermain Defoe has told the Daily Record that Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham Hotspur is a “massive signing” and described the attacking options at his old club under Jose Mourinho as “frightening”.
Defoe, 37, continues to score goals in the colours of Rangers under Steven Gerrard and could even face Spurs in the Europa League this season – with both Rangers and Tottenham currently in the third round of Europa League qualifying.
Bale, meanwhile, has returned to Tottenham on a season-long loan from Real Madrid and with his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expected to expire in 2022 – he could join Spurs on a second loan next summer, and then sign on a free.
Former Spurs striker Defoe is delighted to see his former teammate back at Tottenham, and is desperate to see the Welshman shine for the north Londoners. He also considered Bale alongside the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heing-min.
“It is a massive signing,” Defoe said. “It is sort of like a fairytale story with him coming back to Tottenham. He was linked with all those other teams, as you could imagine because he is a top player, so to see it happen now is amazing.
“I hope he goes and does well. The attacking options that Mourinho has now look frightening, to be honest. I just want to wish him all the best. It has been difficult for him. I know Gareth as a person. He is a nice guy, a family man and a top player.”
TBR’s view – Can Bale fire Tottenham into top four?
Tottenham need momentum. Clearly, the signing of Bale and the renewed enthusiasm – combined with some dismal defending from Southampton – played a part as Spurs clinically dispatched the Saints 5-2 away from home on Sunday.
Spurs have the attacking fire power to get themselves into Champions League qualification. Do they have the kind of defence needed? A centre-back is required, as is back-up for Harry Kane. Bale is a big step towards the top four, but others are needed.