Having seen his fantasy potential wain in recent weeks Gareth Bale looks to be enjoying a return to form at Tottenham thanks in no small part to his new role in the centre of the Spurs midfield.
Deployed in a more central role in yesterday’s match, Bale was on hand to torment the Baggies defence at every opportunity and if ever there was going to be a winner in this one it was always going to come from the Welsh international and that is exactly where it came from.
With two goals in two games the new role for Bale looks to have jump started his eye for goal and it has without doubt increased his fantasy appeal. It is not the first time we have seen Bale in this central role with former Spur’s boss Harry Redknapp also experimenting with it with some effect last season.
Post match Tottenham manager Andrea Villas’ Boas was full of praise for his star player and indicated that we could well see more of Bale in this “advanced” midfield role and judging by the results he is getting from it AVB would be foolish not to continue this way.
There could however be a spanner in the works for Tottenham and fantasy managers with the news that Spur’s only available striker Jermain Defoe could be out for “two-three weeks” following an ankle injury picked up yesterday.
A reshuffle could be on the cards, but with Adebayor due back from the African Cup of Nations in time for next weekend’s clash with Newcastle the reshuffle could also likely see Bale deployed in “the hole” behind Adebayor which we have seen on occasion most recently in Tottenham’s pre season tour.