Wayne Rooney has suggested the signing of Gareth Bale is the reason behind Tottenham’s recent improvement in attack – even though the Welshman is yet to play.

Spurs put six past a hapless Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, just three days after beating Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in Europa League qualifying. They also scored five goals at Southampton last month, earning plenty of plaudits for their efficiency up front in the process.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been largely responsible for the goals, with Kane assisting all four of Son’s strikes at Southampton before the pair wreaked havoc together once again at Old Trafford.

And Rooney thinks thinks Kane and Son have been forced to up their game since the arrival of true competition in the form of Bale.

“It’s amazing what a signing can do,” Rooney wrote in his column for the Times (as relayed by HITC). “Without even being on the pitch Gareth Bale has provoked a reaction in Tottenham’s squad. Players are just like supporters — we get excited by transfers too.

“Seeing Bale, one of the best in the world, arrive will make Spurs’ players say, ‘I don’t want to lose my spot, I want to play with him.’ With someone of that quality joining, who creates and scores goals, those Tottenham players will feel a sense of release.

“They’ll think, ‘We’re not only relying on Kane now,’ and for Harry, it is perhaps his first real competition — because Bale can play No 9. Knowing Harry, he’ll thrive on it.

“One who I’m looking forward to seeing Bale link with is Son Heung-min. I think he’s a great player, who brings great energy and gets goals. I’m sure in South Korea they went crazy when he netted four times against Southampton: I played with Park Ji-sung and know what it was like over there whenever he scored. The only downside was I had Son in my Fantasy League team the week before — then took him out.”

For Tottenham fans, it is truly a delight to watch the way the team is attacking at present. Son and Kane are in sublime form, while the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele are also starting to chip in.

And with Bale set to play a part after the international break, who knows how many five or six-goal hauls we could see this season?



  1. All the doomsday merchants especially the dunce Merson have gone quiet about Mourinho’s so called dour style of playing the moment Spurs whacked Southampton for 5 a few short weeks ago, rubbed out Maccabi Tel Aviv for 7 and now obliterated Manure for 6. I’m very excited about this Spurs attack, every Spurs fan should be but, I have massive misgivings about our central defence. Eric Dier is fine and will get better but, Sanchez is so bad, he definitely needs his eyes tested and for the love of me, cannot see what Pochettino saw in him when he insisted that we buy him from Ajax a few years ago. He’s a completely brainless liability, no awareness what so ever who’s masquerading as a top flight footballer. Toby is now too slow in my opinion and Tanganga although a very promising central defender, lacks experience in the position at this level. The best teams will exploit our very shaky soft centre, score goals and try to keep us out at all costs.

  2. good shout Ray but i think Tanganga with Toby talking him thru games he will advance in no time id like to think Toby has more games in him im not sure that Dier is a center half ?he makes me worried

  3. I hear what you say Denzil but I reiterate, Toby is too slow now in my opinion also, he isn’t really aerially commanding against a big physical forward. I guess that’s why he plays at left back for his native Belgium. Tanganga’s time will come, he’ll be called upon but not yet.
    The 6′ 2″ Dier originally came to Spurs from Sporting Lisbon as a centre back 6 years ago but Pochettino rightly preferred the combination of Jan and Toby at the heart of our defence at that time and he played Dier in a more forward position as a defensive midfielder/cover and has played there ever since, that is until Mourinho took over who believes Dier is a natural centre back. With the right central defensive partner, Dier could be sensational.

    • Dier came to us as a full back, he told anyone that would listen that he wanted to be a centre back. Toby doesn’t play left back for Belgium, if anyone that would have been Jan.

  4. Don’t want to be picky,
    Dier came to Spurs as a centre back in July 2014. He also played in midfield for Sporting and only played as a fright fullback at Spurs. Correction, Alderierwald plays at right back for Belgium, not left back. Their central partnership currently is Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen. Vincent Kompany was their previous captain and centre back partner with Vermaelen.

    • Can’t agree on Dier. He has of course played in other positions, but he was signed to play full back and did start his Tottenham career there. Agreed on Toby, but definitely not a left back. Anyway despite all this signing a quality centre back is certainly next on our list to really cement a fine window.


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