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Gareth Bale set for Real Madrid debut against former Tottenham player

Gareth Bale

If he were to line up this weekend against Villareal then there is a chance he could line up against a very familiar face.

Saturday's mouth-watering clash between Villareal and Real Madrid could see former Tottenham forward and world record signing Gareth Bale make his debut, after completing his £86m move to the Spanish giants during the summer transfer window.

There will be many that fear the Welshman and rightly so, after all he was voted both player and young player of the year in the UK last season, and his development from left back to forward has been one of the greatest displays of player development that the game has seen.

One man who might not fear the 24 year-old, who scored 26 goals in 44 appearances last season is another former Spurs man - Giovani Dos Santos.

The striker was signed by the North London side one full season after Bale, but found it hard to stamp his impression on the club like Bale had done, in total he managed just 15 games for Spurs in four years at the club, although it is worth noting that he was loaned out on three occasions to Ipswich, Galatasary and Racing Santander respectively.

A product of the Barcelona youth set-up, Dos Santos at 24 also, has found it hard to settle anywhere with a transfer to Mallorca lasting just one season before swapping to the yellow of Villareal, this summer, his international form however remains strong and he is seen as a genuine partner to the likes of Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez, in games for Mexico.

Bale has yet to play competitively since his move, with the international break putting a hold on domestic fixtures, and despite being in the Wales squad this week he didn't feature, citing injury, he was however included on the bench by manager Chris Coleman who said: " by having him there, it's psychological, teams fear him, and fear that he could come on, there was no chance he would however because if he was fit, then he would start."

Whilst there can be no doubt of the form Bale has shown, I would hope that his former teammate holds no fear and that his current side don't also, after all if you fear your opponent, then surely you are already losing.

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