Gareth Bale will provide Tottenham’s forward line with plenty of extra creativity, says club legend Glenn Hoddle.
Bale completed his loan return to North London in the summer after years of speculation about his time in Real Madrid.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Bale will likely play on the ring wing this campaign, alongside Heung-min Son and Harry Kane up front.
Speaking on his podcast (via Goal), Hoddle said: “Now, he might be as much a creator if he is played deeper or drops deeper, much the way that Harry Kane did when he provided all four goals for Son Heung-Min at Southampton recently. I can see Bale doing that for Kane.
“I think Bale has the sensational ability to pass, he’s not just a runner at defenders, I can see him as the creator maybe the team are lacking. Gareth’s always been one that has got that ability to pass the ball as well, he can play with his head up.
“In certain games, the other massive bonus for me and from a manager’s point of view for Jose, when you look along the bench you want game-changers and with Gareth coming in now, you’ve got Lucas Moura on the bench, possibly you might have Kane on the bench to rest him at times, you can have Son on the bench.
“Mourinho’s got flexibility up there now which really Spurs haven’t had. Kane had to play almost every minute when he’s fit and I think that flexibility is going to be massive for Tottenham, it really is.”
As Hoddle mentions, Bale will take some of the burden away from duo Son and Kane in an attacking sense. They can also bring on new loanee Carlos Vinicius, who joined from Benfica in the transfer window.
Bale is set to make his ‘second debut’ for Spurs against West Ham on Sunday.