A Tottenham Hotspur insider has shed some light on rumours of Gareth Bale potentially returning to Spurs in the January transfer window.
According to journalist Eduardo Inda, Antonio Conte has asked for the North London club to sign Bale once more in the winter.
Of course, he was with the Lilywhites on loan last season, and managed to score 16 goals and make a further three assists in 34 games in total over all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Bale ended up as their third-highest scorer behind only Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, and so it is not a surprise that Conte would like him to return once more, given that THFC are currently the Premier League’s second-lowest scorers with just nine goals in 11 games so far.
Speaking to Football Insider, Tottenham insider John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about Spurs on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels, has shed some light on the rumours of Bale’s potential return, and thinks that he would be a ‘brilliant’ signing in January:
“The stats speak for themselves.
“I have seen some ridiculous statements that joked Bale was using Tottenham as a gym ahead of the Euros.
“Actually, he scored 11 league goals in very minimal playing time. He scored the same amount of league goals as Aubameyang and Mane.
“He scored more than Antonio and Firmino and he barely played.
“People were asking what he did in the cups, he didn’t play. Mourinho, for whatever reason, did not play him.
“He then had a real purple patch under Mason and scored a brace on the last day of the season, a result that earned us European football over Arsenal.
“I had hopes we were going to extend his loan after last season because I think we have missed his goals.
“Would I welcome him back? Absolutely, he’s a Tottenham legend. He ticks a lot of boxes. It would be brilliant.
“I hope we look at that. However, Alasdair Gold said there was basically nothing in it, so at the moment I think it’s just a rumour.”
Bale’s impact in North London during his loan spell last term is nothing to be sniffed at, and there is no doubt that he can make the same impact again.
Of course, he is 32 years of age now, but is still playing at the highest level with Real Madrid.
Nonetheless, as Wenham puts it, he is simply a legend at the Lilywhites, being part of the team that won the League Cup in 2008 and winning Player of the Year in the 2012/13 campaign (Transfermarkt), and would thus be a signing that would help get the fans onside during what could be a potentially tricky next few months.