Tottenham supporters have been a lot happier in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side top their Champions League group following an impressive 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund last night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the German outfit off the back of a disappointing defeat to Arsenal in the North London derby, but they produced a much-improved display to seal top spot in Group H, a group which also contains champions Real Madrid. Spurs did fall behind on Tuesday night as the recalled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts the lead, only for goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in the second half to seal the three points for Pochettino’s side.
Thus, there have been several more upbeat Tottenham fans in the Tavern in the last few hours following last night’s European heroics, and those supporters lining up at the bar will be hoping that they can take that result into their clash with West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports which suggest that they have a buyback clause in Gareth Bale’s contract from when they sold him to Real Madrid.
The 28-year-old made the move to the Bernabeu back in 2013 and has since proven his worth with 70 goals and 55 assists in just 159 games for the club, in turn helping them to three Champions League crowns, as well as the La Liga title last season.
And the North London outfit should well make a move for the Wales international, as he could be the missing piece of the Spurs jigsaw.
Ultimately, Tottenham have been widely regarded as one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League, but they are still yet to get their hands on a major trophy – their trophy drought is now longer than Arsenal’s infamous nine-year spell between 2005 and 2014.
They haven’t quite been able to take that next step to go on and collect major honours, yet Bale’s own experiences of doing just that at Real could seriously aid in them in that quest.
The 28-year-old has been a part of a Real side that defended the Champions League back in May of this year, becoming the first side to ever do so, while he also played a part in their La Liga title success of last season, their Copa del Rey triumph in 2014, as well as a whole host of UEFA Super Cup crowns.
Thus, Bale has that trophy-winning experience that, although the Tottenham team is supremely talented, Pochettino’s men are certainly lacking in, and as such he could come in and make a huge difference in those big matches, be it in cup semi-finals or away to the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ clubs.
Also, with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen just behind striker Harry Kane, Pochettino hasn’t always had the luxury, certainly since the injury to Erik Lamela, to field three attacking midfielders behind the Englishman in a 4-2-3-1 system, a system several of our resident Spurs fans feel is their most effective.
Yet Bale’s arrival would give him that option, and what an option it would be, as the Welshman has the power, pace, and strength to take defenders on, create opportunities, and indeed score goals.
Ultimately, Spurs are certainly a side to be feared in English and indeed European football when one looks at the quality of the squad and the quality of the manager, but adding Bale could help take them to that next level to win a trophy.
The 28-year-old could be the missing piece of the Spurs jigsaw were he to return in January.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!