Glenn Hoddle has been vociferous in the media with views about Gareth Bale and his Tottenham future. His latest comments have concerned who should captain Spurs next season.
Glenn Hoddle, the Tottenham ‘Legend’ and former manager has spoken out a number of times in recent weeks on the subject of Gareth Bale. He clearly wants Bale to remain at White Hart Lane but sometimes his remarks have seemed less than helpful, especially the one suggesting that rather than move to Spain, he should remain in England but move to Manchester United or Manchester City where he would settle more easily. With Spurs having missed out on Champions League football, the uncertainty over Bale’s future continues and Hoddle added to the discussion with his views, thinking that it was to early for him to move abroad, something he could do at a later date.
An article in the Independent quoted Hoddle’s comments to the Sun newspaper,
“If he does move, I think he will settle easier at another club in England. The only ones he can realistically join are Manchester United and Manchester City. He could get Champions League football there. But I want him to stay at Tottenham.”
Hoddle has now suggested that Tottenham should appoint Bale captain next season as an indication of the manager’s confidence in him. It would be an opportunity for Bale to show that he is a leader and push himself that little bit more. Hoddle said in a report in the Standard,
“Tottenham have had some wonderful captains over the years: Dave Mackay, Danny Blanchflower and, to give Bale the captaincy, is to put your hat on him. That would give him a lot of confidence, that little bit of added incentive, to see if he is a leader, if he can get even more out of himself.”
Hoddle also suggests that Bale should remain at Spurs for at least another year, or perhaps two, and then can consider a move abroad.Michael Dawson
Michael Dawson was appointed captain last summer in place of Ledley King. He then started the season out of favour after being expected to leave Spurs in the summer transfer window. He refused to leave and battled his way back into the team where he led by example with his usual total commitment and endeavour.
Should Gareth Bale take over from Dawson who again, may find himself out of the team if Younes Kaboul returns to full fitness?
It’s an interesting suggestion from Hoddle especially as Dawson may not be a regular starter this season. My choice, however, would be for Jan Vertonghen to take over. He has experience as captain, having lead Ajax to the title in Holland in the season prior to his transfer to White Hart Lane.
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