Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has backed Gareth Bale to be a success at Spurs, with the Welshman set to complete a return to the club this week.
As reported by the BBC, Bale is set to arrive in the UK today to secure his return from Real Madrid. Sky Sports claims a medical has already been undertaken and the loan will likely cost Spurs £20 million for the season in wages and fees.
It is an eye-catching move for Tottenham, whose start to the new season has been uninspired. A loss to Everton in their Premier League opener was followed by a drab 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League last night.
Bale’s arrival will hopefully inspire a return to form and Pochettino is backing him to be a hit.
“Bale is a great footballer, with an age that still has the strength, the experience, and the maturity,” Pochettino told Cadena COPE. “He has been decisive in Madrid, he has won four European Cups, he has scored in important games. He has always been very friendly with me.”
The Argentine also admitted he would have loved Bale to join Spurs whilst he was in charge of the club.
“There was never the possibility, everything was focused on the construction of the stadium, it would have been a great contribution for the team.”
Tottenham fans will now be left hoping that their former boss is right about Bale’s ability, even at this stage of his career after a lengthy period of inactivity and injury trouble.
If Bale can reach anything near the levels he was producing toward the end of his last stint at Tottenham, then fans have every right to get excited.