Gareth Bale has been tipped to follow the example set by Cristiano Ronaldo towards the end of his Real Madrid career as the Welshman prepares for his second Tottenham debut this weekend. Bale is set to be involved for Spurs against West Ham on Sunday.
Bale is set to be included in Tottenham’s matchday squad this Sunday for the first time since his 2013 move to Real Madrid.
The Welshman, who inked a one-year loan agreement at his old club after falling out of favour under Zinedine Zidane at Madrid, hasn’t played club football since mid-June after suffering a knee injury before his loan move.
Due to his lack of game time, Bale is set to be named on the bench for the game against West Ham.
The winger was signed to play on the right wing, but will provide backup cover for Harry Kane.
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And former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes the 31-year-old will likely copy the way Ronaldo moved from a winger to a centre-forward late in his Madrid career.
He explained to Premier League Productions that he thinks Bale will change his game in the same way as his old team-mate did and manage his body effectively.
Wright said: “With Gareth Bale, him watching how Cristiano Ronaldo managed his game in the latter stages of his career at Real Madrid is something he’s going to do here at Spurs.
“I don’t expect him to be running all over the place, I expect to see him in the final third of the field, and we’ll see that explosivity, great goals, all that stuff.
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“I think he’ll manage his game for that end of the pitch.”
Bale’s time away from the pitch means nobody quite knows what to expect when he takes to the Premier League for the first time in seven years.
And pundit Julien Laurens, who was appearing alongside Wright, claimed Bale will need to play a few games before anyone knows what level he is at, because he badly needs momentum.
He said: “I think it’s hard to say [if Bale is still world-class]. Last season if you look at it… [he didn’t play enough].
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“When he was playing, it was hard to judge because he needs momentum.
“If he hasn’t played for six weeks it’ll be hard over an hour for him to do something special.
“I think the more he plays, the sharper he’ll be and the better on the pitch.
“It was quite hard to judge his level because of his lack of consistency, but I think he’s an incredible talent, it’s a great story, I can only see positives out of it really.”
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