Gareth Bale return crucial for Harry Kane and Man Utd should have battled Spurs

Gareth Bale coming back to Tottenham is great for them and great for Harry Kane. Those two could be electric together.

But Bale would have to be Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rolled into one to get Spurs into the top four this season.

I think they are a long way short of that even with Gareth Bale – who is an amazing signing for them.

It’s a real ‘Wow Moment’ for me. I’m completely and utterly shocked because he is a special player leaving a special club in Real Madrid. He’s not getting a move to a club like Bayern Munich or Juventus any more. Those days are gone.

But things have obviously changed for Bale in Madrid. He’s running out of time to finish his career somewhere he can enjoy playing his football.

It’s always been said he didn’t want to go back, that he loved life in Madrid too much, and that Tottenham couldn’t afford his wages.

But I think he just wants to enjoy his football again, and if Real are helping with his wages it’s a no-brainer.

He knows Spurs. Jose Mourinho loves him. He should be comfortable there. He’s not coming in to do any tracking back. He’s coming in to be a free spirit.

He won’t be the same player he was three or four years ago. But maybe Spurs looked at what James Rodriguez did to them and decided to go the extra mile.

There were question marks about his age and fitness too but Rodriguez was outstanding in his first game. And if Bale comes in and hits it off with Harry Kane it could be happy days for Spurs.

There’s no reason why they shouldn’t either. Bale beats players and puts the ball into the box. And there’s no better finisher than Kane. It could be a match made in Heaven. Bale can be the provider. Kane the finisher.

I watched him in their game against Everton and he looked frustrated. Spurs were so negative, sitting back and trying to play on the counter.

Kane’s not going to score bucketloads of goals playing like that. But Bale brings a different dimension. He can make things happen.

I’m surprised Manchester United didn’t go harder for him because he would have been ideal for them if they can’t get Jadon Sancho. It’s got to lift you if you’re a Spurs player and you see Gareth Bale coming in. Can he get back to his best? Only time will tell.

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It’s a much harder league and he hasn’t played much over the last few years. The way he moves, he’s at risk of pulling a hamstring if he overdoes it.

I think Spurs will have to look after him. It’s a very compact season and they’re in the Europa League as well. He won’t be able to play every week.

But he knows how to look after himself. If he doesn’t feel right, he won’t play. That’s not a criticism. He just knows his body. It comes with experience.

Harry Kane hasn’t learned that yet. He wants to play all the time. He rushes back from every injury. Sometimes it isn’t the right thing to do.

But it’s not a tap. You can’t turn it on and off like water. So Bale has a job on to play like he did three of four years ago when he was unbelievable.

I think he makes a massive impact. But I don’t believe he gets them into the Champions League.

Spurs are still a way short of the top four. Chelsea have bought well. United will be stronger. And I can’t see the top two missing out.

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Chelsea have got to make a statement against Liverpool this weekend and with Timo Werner they just might!

You would not want to be marking Werner if you were a defender. He is a prime example to any young player.

He is always on the move, always making runs, and he consistently makes unselfish runs too to free up space for others.

I can’t see how he’s not going to score loads of goals for Chelsea. He will play every week. He’s got to be a contender for the Golden Boot.

Werner will give Liverpool a test. I think both teams would take a draw right now because you can’t afford to lose too many games if you want to win the league.

But Chelsea have to go for it and lay down a marker. They have made some great signings, now it’s time to show what they are made of.

I didn’t think they were that great against Brighton. I’m gutted for Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He doesn’t look recovered from his injury and may not get another chance any time soon.

And Kai Havertz has got a lot do. He didn’t play well. He didn’t even look interested at times. When he came off, he didn’t really seem to care. It was strange.

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Aston Villa have missed a trick. If they had waited before spending all that money on Ollie Watkins, they could have got Tammy Abraham.

Spending £28m for a player who has never kicked a ball in the Premier League is a lot of money. It’s a gamble.

He scored a lot of goals last season but I like to see what players do when the pressure’s on, and at the back end of the season, I didn’t see too much.

If they had waited until after Timo Werner had made his debut for Chelsea, they probably could have got Abraham for free for the season.

I don’t see how Tammy Abraham plays now for Chelsea. Timo Werner has got that position sewn up. And he's played for Villa before. He ticks the boxes.

Villa have done some good business. They’ve done well to keep Jack Grealish. Fair play to him for signing his contract.

And Emiliano Martinez is a great signing because £20m for a keeper this day and age is cheap and he was outstanding for Arsenal last season.

Villa are a big club. People don’t realise how big. But I still think they are playing for 17th, and if they finish there, they have pulled up trees. Anything else is a bonus.

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