How Tottenham Hotspur could line up this season with new signings, Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg under Jose Mourinho.
Signing the pair would potentially transform Jose Mourinho‘s strongest XI, at least on paper, and allow the Spurs manager to alter his system with more ease.
Bale first joined Spurs as a 17-year-old left-back but he will return as one of the most decisive forwards in the world, having almost exclusively played in a front three for the past decade.
The 31-year-old would surely take the place of Mourinho-favourite Lucas Moura alongside Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in an attacking three, rotating between the flanks with the South Korean.
In an ideal world, Mourinho could then field a mercurial midfield trio of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso, and Tanguy Ndombele, provided of course the latter can get fit and fulfill his potential.
Reguilon’s signing could also signal a shift to a more symmetrical back four, with Mourinho have previously used Ben Davies as an auxiliary centre-half, allowing right-backs Matt Doherty or Serge Aurier to fly forward.
The 23-year-old Spaniard is quick and direct, so Mourinho may opt to release both full-backs and instruct Hojbjerg to drop between the centre-backs in possession.
Whether the system would work in practice remains to be seen but it is clearly a tantalizing prospect for Spurs fans.
Tottenham XI: Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele; Son, Kane, Bale