Tottenham’s modern great? Harry Kane has consistency but there’s no beating Gareth Bale for brilliance

Tottenham’s modern great? Harry Kane has consistency but there’s no beating Gareth Bale for brilliance

In spite of everything he achieved at Real Madrid, Tottenham fans can make a compelling claim to have seen the best of Gareth Bale.

His twin performances against Inter Milan in the 2010-11 Champions League group stage were among the most breathtaking individuals displays ever in the competition, and he can lay claim to one of the Premier League finest-ever seasons in 2012-13.

Bale was simply unplayable and on a different level athletically and technically to every one of his team-mates and opponents.

For Spurs supporters, a lingering frustration is that they were largely locked out of the stadium during Bale's return for the 2020-21 season, when Jose Mourinho was strangely reluctant to play the Welshman.

Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham on loan two years ago. (Pool via REUTERS)
Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham on loan two years ago. (Pool via REUTERS)

Clearly, Harry Kane, who is about to become Spurs's all-time record scorer, has a stronger case to be the club's greatest player of the modern era, due to his consistent excellence, but in terms of pure, electrifying brilliance, there is no topping Bale.