Having recently been through a prolific run of form, it would be hard to criticise anything that Gareth Bale has done. 

However, recently results haven't been going Spurs' way and this may also partly be down to the welsh wizard. 

Last season Spurs are renowned for their width to their play and with the creativity of Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric in behind an in form Emmanuel Adebayor, Spurs' expansive style of play was paying dividends. 

However wind the clock forward a season and although their league position is identical, the way in which Andre Villas Boas' men have got there hasn't been quite as easy on the eye recently. Admittedly the loss of Van der Vaart and Modric in the summer has hindered Tottenham going forward, along with the old fashioned style of Scott Parker alongside Moussa Dembele. 

Consequently it's just in front of these two that I believe is the man able to assist Spurs in that final push for a Champions League spot this season, even if it means he's not scoring goals. Gareth Bale. 

Evidently the form of Adebayor has left little to be desired during the current campaign. In a season niggled by injuries and a farcical delay after the African Cup of nations, Adebayor has found goal scoring chances very hard to come by. However a striker needs service and it's evident that Spurs have dried up in this department and one Gareth Bale could be the key to unlock this problem. 

Having spent the majority of his career catapulting himself down the left hand side of the pitch, delivering pin point crosses time after time, I believe there's a simple solution. Put him back. There has been a notable reduction in space to operate in during Bale's time as an attacking midfielder albeit, he has managed to rack up a fair few goals from that position. Nevertheless the reduction in space in the middle is partly down to the fact that there's very little width on the pitch and if there is it's only ever on one wing.

When Aaron Lennon returns to full fitness, Spurs will once again have the opportunity to return Bale to his natural left wing position, therefore naturally stretching the width of the pitch and allowing the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Parker or Dembele space to operate. Having Bale out-wide will give him the chance to provide for the likes of Defoe and Adebayor in the middle, increasing their chances of scoring tenfold. 

Spurs fans have argued that getting Bale on the ball is the best thing for the team, he's able to influence play and run at defenders, however if given the freedom from a left wing role this can still be done. However he's very rarely seen out there now and with the lack of space in the centre of the park, Spurs could reap the benefits of moving him out wide again.

 

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