Pep Guardiola once claimed that Tottenham were “the Harry Kane team”, but that jibe is redundant now Gareth Bale is back in north London.

The Manchester City manager had his say in 2017 and, in fairness, there was some validity to his claim, given Kane finished that season with 41 goals in all competitions.

The England striker has carried on his talismanic form since then, scoring 24 goals in each of the past two campaigns, but now Bale has returned to Spurs it is impossible not to think the weight on Kane’s shoulders has lifted.

Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013, just as the Welshman was beginning to fulfil his potential that duly exploded in Spain. He returns seven years on with four Champions League winners’ medals, two LaLiga titles and is hungry for more silverware as he prepares make his Spurs comeback against West Ham on Sunday.

“To have success is minimum to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy I think,” Bale said when asked what he wants to achieve back at Spurs. “This club deserves it more than any. We need a trophy in the cabinet and something to celebrate. The club has done incredibly well while I have been away. Hopefully, now we can do even more.” Continue reading

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