The art of the long throw and how to counter it

Since the dawn of time, mankind has yearned to to throw stuff really far. Rocks, spears, shapes in the night club, to be human...
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.

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How will Gareth Bale fit in at Spurs-A look at Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 formation

Multiple top-tier sources including BBC and the current Tier 1 Journalist Fabrizio Romano have confirmed that Spurs are in talks with Real Madrid over the loan signing of Gareth Bale. Bale’s troubles with current Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has been well documented and a return to the Premier League might be the perfect move to reignite his career. His wages currently are the point of discussion between Spurs and Real Madrid but with multiple top tier sources reporting about this deal, it looks likely that it will happen.

Transfer Rumour Reliability

 

Fabrizio Romano and other highly reputed outlets are the sources of this transfer news and Romano is a Tier 1 source in our Football Transfer Sources Reliability Guide. A Tier 1 source is almost undisputed when discussing a Transfer Rumour. They may not be the first to discuss a rumour, but if they are talking about it; then it is almost certainly true, and possibly close to complete.

 

Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 formation with Gareth Bale at Spurs

Bale, if he moves to Spurs is expected to take up the right-wing position which has been his favoured role ever since he moved to Real Madrid. He will give Spurs the much needed attacking threat and creativity in the final third which they have been missing. Their performance against Everton in their first game of the season was disappointing and their attacking output was completely nullified. Mourinho knows that he needs to add more flair and creativity to this team, especially in midfield but a fit and firing Gareth Bale can solve their attacking woes.

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