It’s still unclear over which way Gareth Bale is going to take his future before the end of the transfer window with Real Madrid still very much interested in signing him.
His passion and loyalty to Tottenham Hotspur so far has been admirable and former boss Glen Hoddle has suggested the club should top off a potential new contract by making Bale captain.
“I would have a word with [current captain] Michael Dawson and give Bale the captaincy,” Hoddle told the London Evening Standard.
It would be a very good idea in a number of different ways with the primary benefit being it would make it slightly more difficult for Bale to later turn his back on the club if he is the skipper.
Bale could thrive in the role of extra responsibility and leadership, getting involved with the club’s plans to become an established top four side in English football and competitive in the Champions League.
There is always going to be the worry that his form would be affected by the extra level of responsibility but he seems to be at the height of his powers at the moment, with his game only looking better.
Bale is already used to a huge level of exposure away from the football field. He’s used to the media, he’s used to representing the club and he’s used to acting responsibly as a role model.
Therefore, his form shouldn’t dip, it should just get better because he should feel more inspired and more determined to set the example for the other members of the football club.
“Tottenham have had some wonderful captains over the years - Dave MacKay, Danny Blanchflower and, to give Bale the captaincy, is to put your hat on him. That would give him a lot of confidence, that little bit of added incentive, to see if he is a leader,” added Hoddle.
It’s certainly a role he wouldn’t be able to enjoy if he does make the switch to Real Madrid this summer.
The Spanish side are a team filled with very high profile players, who command respect as leaders in the dressing room, which suggests Bale may never get a chance to captain that team.
However, as Hoddle points out, if he stays and becomes a great captain with Tottenham, he’ll already have the popularity created by his form last season, the popularity created by his choice to snub Real Madrid and the popularity he creates racing around the pitch demanding the best from his Spurs teammates.
How do you think Bale would get on as captain? Is it a good or bad idea?
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