Tottenham Hotspur have lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions and are in line to continue that run of red-hot form when they head to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion for Sunday’s midday kickoff.
Jose Mourinho and his men head into the weekend sitting in third place, just two points behind defending champions, Liverpool.
Meanwhile, the Baggies sit third from bottom knowing that an embarrassing defeat could spell the end for Slaven Bilic’s reign, so Spurs ought to capitalise on a team that is in dire straits.
And the Special One could do that by not only starting Gareth Bale, but playing him in a different role.
We’ve previously outlined why the Welsh superstar should play on the left flank, though for this encounter, perhaps Mourinho should listen to Owen Hargreaves.
Speaking to BT Sport (as transcribed by The Boot Room) after Spurs’ win in the Europa League on Thursday evening, the former Manchester United and Germany midfielder said:
“Out wide, he’s got to be tracking back but with his fitness, he isn’t going to do that. In the no. 10 role, he is closer to the goal and that’s what you want. He could be unplayable.”
West Brom have leaked the most goals of any Premier League side, conceding an average of 2.28 goals per game. Meanwhile, Spurs are the top-flight’s most lethal scorers, managing an average of nearly 2.6 goals per match.
That’s mainly down to the form of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, who have combined for 14 goals and ten assists, but then if you throw Bale into the mix behind the pair, it’s one absolutely frightening prospect.
The £22.5m-rated club legend has only played 38 minutes in the Premier League, however, he opened his account last time out, scoring the winner against Brighton and Hove Albion in what was quite the fairytale moment.
He must start against a faltering and feeble Baggies side on Sunday, if Mourinho is brave enough, then select him over Giovani Lo Celso in the hole and then watch the goals flow in.
Bale, once dubbed as a “cannonball” by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, could disrupt Bilic’s side tenfold with his “exceptional physical qualities.”
Spurs could well take top spot before both Liverpool and Leicester City play later that day.
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