Tottenham stronger without Bale, says Taylor

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Tottenham have a better squad since the departure of the world's most expensive player Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, according to Cardiff City defender Andrew Taylor.

Spurs spent £109m on new signings this summer in preparation for Bale's £85m departure to the Spanish capital, which was finalised in the final days of the transfer window.

In total, seven highly-rated players were signed by Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, including Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Paulinho.

And Taylor believes this has left Spurs in a much stronger position.

“For me,” Taylor told Wales Online, “Spurs are a better squad without Bale.

“They have spent money, spent it well and have brought quality. Bale, of course, is a phenomenal talent, one of the in-form players around the world.

“But if he had an off-day or had an injury then Spurs would be massively weaker as a team.

“Today, though, if anybody isn’t quite at their best they can make changes and pick more world-class players."

Cardiff host Spurs on Sunday afternoon, but Taylor believes the newly-promoted Bluebirds are capable of springing another surprise result.

“They have massive strength in depth and there is no doubt it will be another huge test for us," the Cardiff City left-back added. “But we’ve up for that and showed against Manchester City what is possible.

“Our job at Cardiff City, though, is to focus on what we need to do. We are under no doubt about how good Spurs can be.”

"But we are unbeaten at home after playing Manchester City and Everton.

“If we could extend that again it would be a great message to send out.”

Bale, meanwhile, is currently settling in at Real Madrid since his world-record transfer.

The Wales international scored a debut goal against Villarreal last weekend, and made a cameo appearance from the bench in Real's 6-1 thrashing of Galatasaray on Tuesday evening.

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