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Tottenham legend claims Bale deal will ‘make or break’ their season
Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle believes the club are facing a ‘make or break season’ after they pulled off one of the transfer coups of the summer to bring Gareth Bale back to the club.
Bale will sign a one-year loan deal to end his fraught relationship with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. And Hoddle is convinced the return of the four-time Champions League winner gives Spurs a chance to end their long wait for silverware.
Yet former Tottenham boss Hoddle suggested the club dare not come up short in their push for silverware once again, with club chairman Daniel Levy rolling the dice by sanctioning an expensive loan deal in a bid to give manager Jose Mourinho a chance to win the club’s first trophy since 2008.
“This is a make-or-break season for Tottenham because they need to start winning trophies. The signing of Bale has to give them a chance to do that,” stated Hoddle at a BT Sport event.
“They need to get back into the top four positions and qualify for the Champions League again. But the time has now come to actually start winning trophies because that has been lacking for far too long now.
“They got so close with Mauricio Pochettino on a few occasions, but they came up short when it mattered most. Now Jose has been charged with the task fo changing that tag of being a club of nearly men.
“Players want to win something. You want to go back to your stadium when your carrot is finished and see pictures on the wall of you lifting a trophy.”
Many observers are surprised that the normally financially prudent Levy sanctioned the deal to sign Bale. But Hoddle suspects the Spurs chairman could see the value in a transfer that did not involve a big up-front fee.
“Daniel Levy likes a shrewd deal that he considers to be good business for the club. That’s why he has decided to go for this with Bale,” he added.
“I don’t think he would have gone anywhere near it if there was a massive transfer fee involved. He is just paying a percentage of his wages and the excitement it has created for the fans shows it is a good deal.
“Bale is a four-time Champions League winner, a massive name and I see this as a good deal for Tottenham as they have got him at a reduced fee.
“To pay £50-60m and then the wages on top, this would have been a deal that Tottenham would not have been considering. But now they need to make the most of this opportunity and get Bale’s fitness levels to a point where he can be effective.
“He has had injuries and he has to be out there playing, whether it is effecting the game from the bench or starting matches.”
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