Probably not a popular view, but do people really think them signing Bale is less than us signing James?
Bale is still a world class talent, unbelievable ability and will make them significantly stronger. Their front line will be massively enhanced and given the ability they have in their squad it'll probably be easier for him to flourish than it will for James, despite our improvement.
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Sure, he's an elite talent (world-class still, maybe). He had 3-4 different spells out due to injury/illness last season, and barely saw the pitch after the restart. Maybe he comes back to fitness as fast as James, we'll give him the benefit of the doubt there.
Their early fixture schedule, while not necessarily difficult
, is certainly congested as heck.
From us Sunday, they play a Europa qualifier in Bulgaria tomorrow, then away to Southampton on Sunday. Next week they're away to Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup, possible Europa trip Thursday to either Romania or North Macedonia, then finally home to Newcastle the following Sunday.
Assuming they clear Leyton and their second venture to Europe, the next week it's another cup match on Tuesday, Europa on Thursday, and away to ManU on Saturday (could be moved to Sunday, I suppose). The Europa match could be against the likes of AC Milan, Granada, or Standard Liège--definitely one they'd have to take seriously.
All told, that's 8 matches in a span of three weeks, leading into the international break, with the possibility of all but two away from home.
How much of an upgrade is Bale, during this interval, over Dybala/Moura/Bergwijn out wide? Maybe he is, he'd certainly play a part if fit, and he's a threat to take over a match (again, if fit). But that's a long way to go just to get to Europa group stages, and does he help them push past four of Arsenal/United/Wolves/Leicester/us to just get to 4th? Spurs issues seem to be a lack of support from midfield and questionable CB depth to me, so of course they are trying to sign a winger and another LB.