Gareth Bale to Tottenham: Four ways Spurs can lineup with the Welsh superstar

Gareth Bale is closing in on a return to Tottenham

Gareth Bale is closing in on a sensational return to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Welsh superstar is set to re-join the north London outfit on a season-long loan, with Real Madrid covering a hefty percent of his wages.

It's a move which will provide some much-needed reprieve for Spurs boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has been the subject of criticism after the club's 1-0 loss to Everton.

The top-four hopefuls looked bereft of ideas, but the re-signing of Bale is not only a major statement - it will give Spurs a number of exciting different formation options going forward.

Below, we've provided four different potential lineups Mourinho will have at his disposal should Bale complete his move and it's hard to see how the addition of the 31-year-old will be not be a huge positive.


Team 1

This is the team that looks the most complete on paper.

Bale, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son as a front three? If that trio can gel as a unit, Spurs will possess one of the best attacking tridents in world football.

The midfield is a mix of balance, ingenuity and grit, with Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele providing creativity from deep.

No Kane, no worries

Team 2

One of the big reasons for re-signing Bale is to lessen the goal scoring burden placed on Kane's shoulders in recent years.

The Welshman is more than capable of playing as a lone striker, as he has done for his country, with Son and Lucas Moura providing the width.

We've gone with the same midfield as before, but the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko could also be utilised by Mourinho.

Mourinho's favoured 4-2-3-1

Team 3

This is Mourinho's favourite tactical setup and on paper, it's a team with copious amounts of firepower.

Bale, Kane, Son and Dele Alli are all serious goal threats when at their best and opposing sides would find it tough to contain the quartet.

However, Lo Celso and Hojbjerg would likely be exposed defensively, so Mourinho would probably be best served using this formation against inferior opposition only.

A classic 4-4-2

Team 4

In the second-half of Spurs' 1-0 loss to Everton, Mourinho reverted to a classic 4-4-2, replacing Alli with Sissoko and pushing Lucas up top.

With Bale in the squad, the Portuguese manager has the potential to use the formation in a far more potent manner.

Lucas, Son or even Steven Bergwijn would occupy the wide roles, allowing the Welshman and Kane to operate as a deadly duo up top.

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