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MARTIN SAMUEL: Gareth Bale can ignite Jose Mourinho’s era at Tottenham

The cynical view, of course, is that Tottenham‘s bold play is little more than all our yesterdays.

Yesterday’s manager, buying yesterday’s player for yesterday’s club. Jose Mourinho, his best days past, recruiting Gareth Bale, 31 and increasingly prone to injury, to play for Tottenham, already misty-eyed for the Mauricio Pochettino era in which nothing was won beyond praise.

Given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed a new contract at Arsenal this week, and Chelsea officially unveiled Timo Werner to the media, there will be mockery of Tottenham going for a hero from a bygone age.

Gareth Bale can prove all his doubters wrong if he recaptures his best form for Tottenham

Jose Mourinho is taking a gamble on the 31-year-old but he has taken similar risk in the past

Jose Mourinho is taking a gamble on the 31-year-old but he has taken similar risk in the past

Bale’s last game for the club was on May 19, 2013. His manager, Andre Villas-Boas, has had three jobs since then; the opponents, Sunderland, have fallen two divisions; one of Bale’s team-mates that day, Brad Friedel, will be 50 next birthday.

Consider, too, that the player likely to be shifted to make room for the new signing is Dele Alli, seven years Bale’s junior and until recently considered among the brightest…