Glenn Hoddle has suggested Gareth Bale should be given a central role for Tottenham after another impressive display against Ludogorets.
Bale scored his first goal since returning to Spurs from Real Madrid on loan against Brighton in the Premier League last weekend, but was unable to add to his tally in the Europa League on Thursday.
He did, however, look sharp for 65 minutes before being substituted in Bulgaria – his best moment was a neat pirouette to get away from his man in the first half, which you can watch here.
The Welshman drifted inside often against Ludogorets – a tactic that resulted in his goal last week – and looked dangerous whenever he picked the ball up in central areas.
And Hoddle thinks Bale might be best served playing in the “pocket” behind Harry Kane for the remainder of the season.
“He is looking sharper, he’s had more minutes on the pitch,” Hoddle told BT Sport (as relayed by the Independent).
“We can’t judge him yet. He’s not gonna be the same Bale that left Tottenham [in 2013].
“What we saw from him tonight – drifting into that pocket, hurting the opposition – that’s where I see him. I don’t see him on the right or left.
“Son [Heung-min], Bale and Kane is as good as any forward line in the country.”
Bale had the best spell of his Tottenham career in a free role that often saw him do his best work around the penalty area, rather than on the flanks. With that in mind, Hoddle might be right.