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Sport DANNY MURPHY: Bale's impact at Spurs shows in form of Son and Bergwijn

03:15  06 december  2020
03:15  06 december  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Danny Murphy and Alan Shearer join Mark Chapman in the studio. Tottenham have gone six games without a win and have not scored a goal in open Its a derby, so you can throw form out the window. The concern for Spurs fans. Is this just a dip in form or did Spurs overachieve last season and are

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If you want to assess the impact Gareth Bale has had at Tottenham, look at the good form of Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn.

While Bale hasn’t hit the heights of his previous spell at Spurs — predictably given the amount of football he’s missed in the last two years — his arrival has inspired others because of the extra competition for places he brings.

Bergwijn hasn’t scored this season but has still been an important cog in Jose Mourinho’s machine. He has had to up his game and responded to keep Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Bale out of the starting XI.

Gareth Bale holding a ball: Real Madrid loanee Gareth Bale is making a big impact at Spurs, just not on the pitch yet © Provided by Daily Mail Real Madrid loanee Gareth Bale is making a big impact at Spurs, just not on the pitch yet a football player on a field: Son Heung-min has been in prolific form while Steven Bergwijn has impressed this season © Provided by Daily Mail Son Heung-min has been in prolific form while Steven Bergwijn has impressed this season

Even Son wouldn’t have felt completely secure when Bale walked in to huge fanfare and he’s also reacted in the way Mourinho wanted with a flurry of goals.

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As Tottenham Hotspur signed PSV' s Steven Bergwijn in the winter transfer i will try to predict his stats for spurs in next season. In this video i showed

The Spurs manager has hit upon a system that works with Son on the right, Bergwijn on the left and both are capable of running in behind defenders if Harry Kane drops deep and springs a pass.

Their success has given Bale time to build up his match sharpness after being left in the cold at Real Madrid.

He’s not the same player as when he ran Maicon ragged at White Hart Lane and the San Siro but, from a team perspective, it doesn’t really matter. The biggest benefit of having Bale is the impact he’s had on the rest of the forward line.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Bale's arrival has clearly given the Spurs front-line motivation, with Son keeping him sidelined © Provided by Daily Mail Bale's arrival has clearly given the Spurs front-line motivation, with Son keeping him sidelined Gareth Bale in a blue uniform holding a football ball: Meanwhile, Bale is able to build-up his match sharpness without much pressure on him © Provided by Daily Mail Meanwhile, Bale is able to build-up his match sharpness without much pressure on him

And from what I hear, the Welsh superstar has shown a great attitude at the training ground, showing the rest of the squad that a four-time Champions League winner is prepared to work his hardest to get into this Spurs side.

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It’s left Mourinho with a headache, but one he won’t mind.

He’ll want the players to push each other and not feel too comfortable.

Is Gabriel able to stop Kane?

Gabriel looks the answer to Arsenal’s long-standing defensive problems but Saturday is the ultimate test against Spurs’ front three if Harry Kane plays as expected.

I’m impressed with how Gabriel has settled in. He’s been Arsenal’s best player and has every attribute you’d want in a centre-half: quick, strong, reads the game and can come out with the ball.

However, Spurs will be his toughest assignment yet because of Kane’s form and the way he also drops deep to build play. It gives the opposition a hard decision, whether to push a defender forward to track him or give that responsibility to a midfielder.

a man standing on a baseball field: Gabriel could be the man Arsenal rely on to tame Tottenham's in-form goalscorer Harry Kane © Provided by Daily Mail Gabriel could be the man Arsenal rely on to tame Tottenham's in-form goalscorer Harry Kane

Mikel Arteta has a dilemma of choosing three centre-halves or a flat back four. The availability of Thomas Partey is important. He is a proper midfield shield so when he starts, Arsenal can sacrifice the extra centre-half.

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What helps the Arsenal manager is that Gabriel is at home in either system. If Arsenal do play him in a three, he’ll have the cover to be more aggressive in engaging Kane higher up the pitch when needed.

From what I’ve seen, the Brazillian is fond of a physical battle and will relish the job. But if Partey is given that role and Gabriel is put in a back four, the Brazilian has the pace to do that job as well.

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Arsenal’s tactic should be to condense the middle of the pitch and force Spurs out wide.

Given Arsenal are away, I’d opt for caution and either play three at the back or have two holding midfielders.

Kane presents a unique challenge as he has penalty-area movement of a world-class No 9 and can pass the ball like a world-class No 10. And if you ever sling a cross in, there’s nobody better to get a head on it! Over to you, Gabriel.

Lopsided Jose

Jose Mourinho has always made tactical tweaks to utilise the personnel available and he’s done it again at Spurs with what I call his ‘lopsided full-backs’.

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He signed Sergio Reguilon in September and the Spanish left-back has great athleticism, an abundance of energy and flies forward whenever he can.

Matt Doherty arrived from Wolves with similar attributes on the right but, to protect the balance of the team, Mourinho usually selects the more defensive-minded Serge Aurier instead.

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It gives Reguilon greater licence to bomb on without the fear that the defence is exposed.

And Aurier has shown the discipline to time his runs and ensure Spurs aren’t left with only two defenders back.

Both deserve credit for making it work and Mourinho for working out a system that allows them to play to their strengths.

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