Ian Wright hails ‘unbelievable’ Gareth Bale’s looming return to Spurs and rates top-four chances

Ian Wright reacts to Gareth Bale returning to Spurs and rates top-four chances
The Welshman is set to return to north London on loan (Pictures: Premier League Productions / Getty)

Ian Wright is confident Gareth Bale is still a top-level talent who can catapult Tottenham Hotspur into the top four this season, backing his looming return to the club to be a big success.

Spurs are closing in on a stunning agreement with Real Madrid which will see the Welshman – once the world’s most expensive player – return to north London on loan, while teammate Sergio Reguilon is also on the verge of completing a permanent move too.

Although there are question marks over Bale’s displays for Real last season and his age, Wright believes he is worth an extra 20 points per season for Spurs if he stays fit.

Gareth Bale Real Betis Balompie v Real Madrid CF - La Liga
Bale only netted two La Liga goals last season after being sidelined by Zidane (Picture: Getty)

‘You have to say, if he can modify his game and play in that area up with the top three, him, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane – which sounds fantastic – then it’s going to be an unbelievable signing,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.

‘You’re talking about somebody who is easily worth 15 or 20 goals, and how many points? 20 odd points? What’s that going to do for Spurs? Definitely going to be in the top four and challenging.

‘And if you’re talking about the defence, with Reguilon and Matt Doherty, with that thrust that they’ve got – that’s what Harry Kane was missing.’

Asked if there should be any worries over Bale’s intensity levels having played so little, Wright continued: ‘There has to be question marks. What people can’t get carried away with is: you’re not getting the Bale that left, obviously. You’re getting an older Bale, a more experienced Bale, but we’re still talking about a world-class Bale.

‘If he can come back and get anywhere near what he used to do – though you’re not expecting him to hit that form – but at 31 if he can do anything there it’s going to be exciting for Tottenham.

‘The amount of goals he’s scored that were winning goals for Spurs, the amount of games he won on his own for Spurs. When he left, at the time, for me he was easily one of the best players in the world.

Gareth Bale West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Bale left Spurs seven years ago to join Real for a then world-record fee (Picture: Getty)

‘His ability is undoubted and the Spurs fans should be excited, simply because of the lift it will give them. It’s no different to what [Arsenal] have got with our talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

‘He was their main man and if he comes back and has any kind of impact like that, it’s not only going to give the fans a lift but the dressing room. I think it’s a dressing room that needs a lift as well. For him to come in, it will give the kind of boost that Tottenham really need at this stage of the season.’

Asked where Spurs will finish the season, he added: ‘One place below Arsenal! No, with Gareth Bale on form they can easily get in the top four.’

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