Would an unlikely Bale return hamper Kane & Eriksen?

With Gareth Bale enduring a difficult spell at Real Madrid, would a Tottenham Hotspur return have consequences for other White Hart Lane stars?

Gareth Bale's recent criticism from demanding Real Madrid fans has reignited rumours of a return to the Premier League, and though they may not have the funds to complete a deal outright, surely former club Tottenham would be interested in the unlikely event the 25-year-old is made available.

A lot will depend on how many instalments Real still owe Spurs for the winger, as well as if Bale himself would be happy going back to a team that may not be in the Champions League, but in the past the ex-Southampton man has told BT Sport that he would be open to a return to White Hart Lane at some point in his career.

Though bringing Bale back may be somewhat of a dream move, both in the sense that Spurs fans would surely love to see the return of their former talisman, and that it is highly unlikely to happen, we're going to look at how the Welshman's arrival could end up having negative consequences as well as the obvious benefits.

With Christian Eriksen at his best playing behind Harry Kane this season, Bale's free role has seemingly been taken up by the former Ajax man and Tottenham's new home-grown hero.

Kane in particular has at times this season shown flashes of the style of play Bale himself displayed during his time at Spurs. Often dropping deep to get the ball, before showing the flash of pace and dip of the shoulder that would see the Englishman past a challenge or two and into a shooting position some distance out, Kane clearly benefitted from training with a player that would go on to demand a world record transfer fee.

It is still too early to judge if either Eriksen or Kane can reach the heights Bale did during his final season in North London, but it is hard to tell whether these three players will want to be operating in similar areas if in the same team. Eriksen and Kane have developed a relationship where both can influence the game and collectively pull opponents out of position. If Bale's White Hart Lane return was to come to fruition, he may find himself playing out on the right wing, the same area he is currently playing for Real Madrid.

On the other hand, given Bale's quality, any unlikely return to Tottenham could easily see them feature as genuine title challengers as part of an attack that includes Eriksen and Kane, who could well benefit from working with a player still held up as one of the most exciting in world football. With the three players all excellent with their movement, and capable of damaging teams in a split second, opposition sides wouldn't know who to double mark, and it would likely make for some seriously entertaining football by the Lilywhites.

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