DANNY MURPHY: Harry Kane will be ecstatic that Gareth Bale comes to share the goal burden … while Thiago Alcantara makes an excellent Liverpool side even better
- With the arrival of Gareth Bale, responsibility can be shared at Spurs
- Harry Kane has taken on the offensive burden, but will now be ecstatic
- The English star will know his chances of winning trophies have improved
- Spurs players will feel reassured with Bale, an important dressing room presence
Harry Kane has been responsible for so long, I think he will be ecstatic. Gareth Bale comes in to share the burden.
They are not equals in terms of performance. Bale has four Champions League titles.
But I don’t think it will bother Kane. Every player has an ego, but he will also think selfishly with Bale around, Spurs have a better chance of winning a trophy and competing for a place in the top four.
Harry Kane will be delighted that Tottenham has loaned former star Gareth Bale
The 31-year-old came over from Real Madrid this season and his arrival was welcomed
Most players like to look around the locker room and feel reassured that they have top people around them.
I had that with Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen in Liverpool, and Kane will benefit from seeing Bale next to him. Rather than thinking that Spurs might not win unless he scores, I expect Kane’s level to rise with a world-class player next to him.
People talk about Bale at Real, but I think his success with Wales is an equally good indicator. He will be able to knuckle and play as Jose Mourinho wants.
Kane has had to carry the offensive burden for Spurs since breaking into the team in 2014
Real usually dominates the ball and Bale doesn’t have to think too much about defensive tasks. But on the international stage, he was willing to lead and disciplined enough to fit into a team pattern when the opposition might be better.
He’s only 31 and has been lightly used for 18 months, so I don’t think he should be physically missing out on whether Mourinho wants his forwards to press, counterattack or play between the lines.
I think Bale’s most effective position will be wide on the right side of a 4-3-3, but if Mourinho wants to go 4-2-3-1, he could do a job as No. 10.
Kane and the rest will find a Galactico who will happily be part of the team. It’s a great signature.
With Bale on the side, Kane will be sure that Spurs can win big silverware this season
Thiago – the right signing at the right price for Liverpool
I have no doubt that Thiago Alcantara is the first XI player to come to Liverpool – I very much doubt he has had discussions with Jurgen Klopp about sitting on the bench this season.
He has great feet, fits well, has super awareness and can play in all midfield positions. I don’t see any risk under £ 30 million as he only had a year left on his contract with Bayern.
I think Gini Wijnaldum’s departure is now inevitable as Liverpool will have seven or eight players challenging for three positions, which means too many unhappy faces for the side of the squad.
There aren’t many ways Klopp could have made Liverpool better, but Thiago certainly will
There aren’t many ways Klopp can make this Liverpool any better, but I think Thiago will. He is fit enough to do the work of Liverpool midfield and has the ability to make progressive passes.
He can do a job where Fabinho played last season, or if Fabinho is on the team he can operate higher on the field.
Liverpool’s recruitment was excellent and found hungry players itching to make it to the top. But now that they’re on top, I see a point in getting ready-made, especially if it’s bargains.