Stan Collymore has urged Tottenham not to re-sign Gareth Bale as the Welshman would struggle to replicate his form of old.
Over the weekend, the Daily Express claimed Spurs have opened talks with Real Madrid over a deal to bring Bale back to north London. The report suggests Tottenham are working hard to get a permanent transfer over the line before the deadline later this week, but Bale’s wages apparently continue to be a stumbling block.
There haven’t been many similar stories in the British media, so there is a good chance the Express’ scoop is mere speculation. In any case, Collymore believes Spurs should steer clear of of a Bale reunion.
“Can’t think of another signing Tottenham could make this month who’d epitomise what Jose Mourinho is about in 2020 than Gareth Bale,” Collymore wrote in a column for the Mirror.
“Because bringing the Welshman back from Real Madrid would be uninspired and backwards-looking – exactly the opposite of what Spurs actually need.
“It’d be like Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr announcing they were coming out of retirement and reuniting The Beatles.
“In that, we know how much we’d all love it to work, but we also know it will never be the same as it was the first time round.
“Let me ask you this: ‘Has anyone else noticed that no great young players now want to play for Mourinho?’”
The strange Mourinho criticism aside, Collymore is partly right in that Bale would struggle to reach a level similar to his performances during his final few months at Tottenham. Back then he seemed to be winning games on his own for Andre Villas-Boas’ otherwise ropey side.
That said, his arrival would be a coup for Spurs while unquestionably improving Jose Mourinho’s attacking options during Harry Kane’s injury lay-off. Regardless, it would be a big surprise to see Bale return at this stage.