The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern remain absolutely distraught after a bitterly disappointing result in the North-London derby on Saturday.
However, Mauricio Pochettino took his side to Germany last night where they faced Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park in the Champions League, running out winners after coming from behind in front of the world famous ‘Yellow Wall’.
Tottenham have indeed already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition after a famous 3-1 victory over Real Madrid at Wembley last time out and continued their impressive form on the European front.
Spurs will also have been eager to put their dismal result from the weekend well behind them by beating Dortmund on their own patch last night, a huge result in Tottenham’s journey.
The 2-0 defeat they suffered away at Arsenal this weekend has further intensified speculation linking Tottenham with a move for their former employee Gareth Bale, especially after Guillem Balague at Sky Sports confirmed that the Welshman has a buy-back clause written into his contract at Real Madrid.
If Pochettino wishes to work in conjunction with Daniel Levy to bring Bale back to Tottenham, then he will need to re-consider his tactical approach and choice of formation.
Pochettino’s current preference for playing 3 at the back with 2 wing-backs either side of the 3 would not be best suited to Bale’s attacking instincts.
Although Bale began his career as a left-back and would undoubtedly be a fantastic asset as a left wing-back in the current set-up, the full extent of his ability would be slightly compromised in this position.
An alternative option would be to play him up-front, but that would entail dropping Harry Kane out of the side which would be completely ludicrous given his form at the club in the last 3 seasons.
The only way in which Pochettino could get the best out of Bale would be to revert to a formation which contains 4 defenders and wingers further forward – perhaps a 4-2-3-1 formation would best suit the current talent available at the club.
A transfer that saw Bale return to North-London would be fantastic for both the club and for the Premier League.
But if Pochettino wishes to make the Tottenham dream become a reality, then he must be willing to tinker with his formation to make Bale’s return a resounding success.