Tottenham have re-signed the welsh superstar Gareth Bale on a season-long loan, seven years after joining Real Madrid in what was then a world-record fee of 86 million pounds. Bale has struggled for game time in recent seasons due to injuries and a broken relationship with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. Bale’s return to Spurs is a massive statement of intent for the North London club. He has enjoyed unprecedented success on the biggest stage at Santiago Bernabeu, winning two La Liga titles, four UEFA champions league trophies, three UEFA super cup, three club world cup, and a Copa Del Rey. Bale also scored 105 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid, and he is, by almost any measure, the most successful player Britain has ever exported. Last season, Bale only managed to score three goals in 20 appearances for Real Madrid as the club considered him surplus to requirements.
The big question now is can Bale succeed in his second spell at Tottenham? A section of football fans believes that European football has moved on from Bale and is no longer the exciting player we used to know. Although age and injuries may have dimmed his star a little, memories should not be so short as to forget the force of nature that he once was. Bale has that wow factor, something only a very few exceptional players in the world has got. Bale remains a hugely popular figure amongst the Tottenham Hotspurs fans, and the fact that his new club just happens to be his old club is perfect for Bale. It’s always challenging for a player to move to a new club, a new ground, new fans, and overall expectations since they can all put a lot of pressure on a player’s shoulders.
However, it will be a different scenario for Bale at Tottenham as he has already spent some glorious days at the club. Spurs is also the same club that made him an international star. His love for the club would be a motivating factor for him to excel. He would also love to prove his critics wrong and end his season on a high. As such, Tottenham might just be the perfect place for him to do to rediscover his best form.
Can Jose Mourinho revive Bale’s career?
Bale was a rising star when Mourinho first attempted to sign him for Real Madrid in 2012, but that move didn’t materialize. Finally, Mourinho’s long wait for the player is over. But can Mourinho help Bale rediscover his best form after two disappointing seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu? Bale is a classic Mourinho player. He is athletic and physically imposing. Mourinho has praised Bale since his arrival, and there is no secret that the Portuguese gaffer is a massive fan of Bale. Mourinho believes that the Wales captain is not a player who is no more the star he used to be. The critical question that will be running through Mourinho’s mind is how he gets the best out of Bale. A combination of Bale’s technical quality and injuries history means Mourinho is unlikely to want Bale to do too much defensive work. Knowing how experienced and smart Mourinho is, he will surround Bale with pacey and energetic players to ease some burden off him. Bale fits Mourinho’s profile, knowing how he sets up his teams to play on the counter-attack. If the long-awaited Mourinho-Bale alliance is a success, it will only be good news for both the player and the manager. However, only time will tell whether Mourinho can help Bale to rediscover his form.
Bale’s arrival will give Tottenham one of the most exciting forward lines in world football. They are all proven goal scorers and star players, so it’s a good problem to have. Bale is a player for the big occasions. His performances in the UEFA Champions League finals show that he is not someone to crack under pressure. His new teammates can learn one or two things from him in that aspect. Bale also has a strong mentality, and that might be the missing ingredient his team desperately needs to find that winning momentum.
However, others believe that Mourinho is a manager under a lot of pressure and will not hesitate to drop Bale if he consistently underperforms. A decision like that might end up bringing chaos in the dressing room. Despite this possibility, there is no doubt that a fully fit Bale would be a significant coup for the club and could prove to be a critical factor in challenging for trophies.