By Noel Whelan

23rd Sep, 2020 | 7:00pm

Spurs Exclusive: Top pundit drops Bale fitness verdict after spotting him recently

Gareth Bale’s arrival at Tottenham will have an extremely positive impact on the rest squad and he looks “fit as a fiddle”, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Coventry City forward claimed there does not seem to be any harmony within the Spurs changing room currently.

Bale, 31, re-joined Tottenham on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid on Saturday but will have to wait until at least next month to make his second debut as he recovers from a knee injury.

The Welshman picked up the injury on international duty earlier this month but Jose Mourinho has suggested he could return quicker than expected as his “motivation is high”.

Asked by Football Insider what impact Bale’s arrival at the club will have on Tottenham, Whelan said: “I think it’s a player that knows the club, he’s definitely got the right qualities to improve the side.

“I think it needs freshening up, I think it needs something different there.

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“Gareth Bale coming back to the Premier League at 31, he still looks as fit as a fiddle, from what I’ve seen of him recently. He still feels he’s got loads to prove and offer.

“I think he’s going to be a real good influence inside that changing room.

“The more professionals that you have like Gareth Bale in the changing room the better your team gets.

“At the minute, I’m not sure what’s going on with a couple of their players but it doesn’t seem like the harmony is there right now. A couple of transfers will freshen that changing room up and get people buzzing again.”

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