Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge reckons that Tottenham should have replaced Gareth Bale this summer.
And whilst he endured an up and down campaign under Jose Mourinho, he still finished as the club’s third top goalscorer in all competitions and was key during the second half of the season.
How did Bale perform back at Tottenham?
Plenty will look back at Bale’s second spell in north London as a failure, but when you take a closer look at the statistics, it was anything but.
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Furthermore, Bale’s Premier League form saw him contribute to 13 goals in just 920 minutes, outscoring the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling and Michail Antonio, which isn’t bad considering he made just 10 starts.
Despite Bale, 6ft1, striking up an exciting partnership with Heung Min Son and Harry Kane during parts of last season, Tottenham’s defensive frailties meant they were only able to qualify for the Europa Conference League following a final day victory at Leicester.
Lucas Moura, the man who’s essentially replaced Bale in the starting XI this season, hasn’t scored in 11 games this term and given that Spurs are averaging one goal a game under Nuno Espirito Santo, Bridge reckons that having the Welshman on board right now could have been a helping hand.
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What did Bridge say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “We have got pace in attack from Moura and Son, but never replaced Bale did we?”
How did Tottenham fare in the transfer window?
Besides the signing of Cristian Romero, who’s getting better every week, from Atalanta, Tottenham have hardly improved their XI despite spending more than £60m on bringing in five new players.
Pierluigi Gollini is nothing more than a back-up and a potential long-term Hugo Lloris replacement, whilst Emerson Royal is still finding his feet and has shown little yet to suggest he’s an upgrade on Serge Aurier.
Furthermore, Pape Sarr is a promising youngster, but he’s spending the season back at Metz, whilst Bryan Gil has shown signs of his potential, although he’s extremely raw and still 20.
With that in mind, Tottenham should have paid close attention to bringing in another attacker, with Gil tasked with essentially filling the void left by both Bale and Erik Lamela.