‘He’s looking sharper’: Glenn Hoddle says Gareth Bale is getting back to his best after encouraging performance against Ludogorets but insists it’s too early to judge the Tottenham forward
- Glenn Hoddle believes Gareth Bale is starting to get back to full fitness
- The forward was handed his third start of the season against Ludogorets
- He was involved in Tottenham’s second goal which was scored by Lucas Moura
- Hoddle says it’s too early to judge Bale but was encouraged by his performance
Glenn Hoddle thinks Gareth Bale is ‘looking sharper’ after helping Tottenham to a 3-1 victory over Ludogorets but insisted it’s still too early to judge the forward.
The Welshman was handed his third start of the season for the Europa League clash in Bulgaria, with the forward having been limited to appearances from the bench in the Premier League.
Bale was involved in Spurs’ second goal of the night, laying the ball off to Harry Kane who crossed for Lucas Moura to tap-in from close range in the 32nd minute of the match.
Glenn Hoddle believes Gareth Bale is looking sharper after helping Tottenham to a 3-1 victory over Ludogorets
Hoddle said it’s too early to judge the Welshman but was encouraged by his performance
Hoddle was impressed with the 33-year-old’s performance but was quick to add he still needs time before he can be properly judged.
‘He is looking sharper, he’s had more minutes on the pitch,’ Hoddle said on BT Sport after the game.
‘We can’t judge him yet. He’s not gonna be the same Bale that left Tottenham (in 2013).
The Welshman was involved in Tottenham’s second goal which was scored by Lucas Moura
‘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, Bale and Kane is as good as any forward line in the country.’
Owen Hargreaves agreed with Hoddle, saying that Bale has the ability to create problems for opposition teams when he gets himself into the central role.
‘He was closer to the goal, that’s where you want to see him,’ said Hargreaves.
‘As Glenn said, that front three is as good as anything. In the hole, as a No 10, he could be unplayable.’
Bale has had to be patient after working his way back to full fitness following a knee injury
Bale returned to Spurs from Real Madrid in £13million loan deal in the summer but had to wait for his second debut after arriving in north London with a knee injury.
He made his first appearance as a substitute against West Ham but Jose Mourinho’s side squandered a 3-0 lead, with Bale missing a great chance while Spurs were 3-2 ahead.
But the forward scored the winning goal against Brighton last weekend to take Spurs to second in the league.
He will join up with the Wales squad for the Nations League games against the Republic of Ireland and Finland as well as the friendly against the United States.