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Hoddle wants to see three 'absolutely sensational' Spurs players play every game

Nathaniel Kay March 1, 2021
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Glenn Hoddle can’t wait to see more of Gareth Bale in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt linking up with two other Spurs stars following the Welshman’s man of the match display against Burnley yesterday, writing in his Evening Standard column.

Spurs cruised past the Clarets 4-0 on a sunny Sunday afternoon in north London and Hoddle can’t wait to see more of Bale linking with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

It was a much-needed result for Mourinho’s men, who had won just once in their previous six league outings.

Brilliant Bale

Bale stole the show from start to finish, scoring after 70 seconds to put Spurs ahead.


He struck again in the second half and assisted Kane with an excellent long-range pass.

It was arguably Bale’s finest outing in what has been a stop-start season for the prodigal son.

The 31-year-old has started to rediscover the form he left behind at Tottenham almost a decade ago.

Hoddle’s happiness

Hoddle hopes the Welshman’s display against Burnley won’t turn out to be a flash in the pan and Bale continues to contribute for the rest of the campaign.

“It has taken some time but (Bale) is now performing how we wanted him to,” writes the former Spurs player and manager.

“If he can keep reproducing anything like that (form), that’s going to be a massive shot in the arm for Tottenham.

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“If he can stay like that for the next ten games or so, that will elevate Tottenham.”

Hoddle thinks a fit and firing Bale will take the pressure off two other star players in the Tottenham team.

He said: “It will take a bit of pressure off Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

“Those front three could be absolutely sensational, as we all spoke about when Gareth returned.

“Now they have to turn it into bigger and better performances against the top teams.”

Kane, Son and Bale unite

On paper, a front three of Kane, Son and Bale looks as formidable as any attacking trio in Europe.

In reality, they have rarely featured together for Tottenham.

Bale’s injury problems have denied him access to the starting XI, that and Mourinho’s reluctance to let the Welshman loose on a regular basis.

Yesterday’s emphatic exhibition of attacking efficiency proved Bale can be considered a consistent starter alongside Kane and Son.

If Mourinho can get his combination correct, a good end to 2020/21 could be on the cards for Spurs.

Tottenham face Fulham, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Aston Villa this month, all games they would realistically expect to win with a fit and firing Bale alongside Kane and Son.    

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.