Sherwood: With Bale we could have mounted title challenge

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has claimed that his side could have challenged for the Premier League title this season if they had held onto Gareth Bale, Sky Sports reports.

The 24-year-old made the £85 million world-record move to Real Madrid last summer after an excellent season with Spurs previously.

The Welshman has gone on to flourish in Madrid with a stunning solo-goal to help his new side beat rivals Barcelona to the Copa Del Rey.

“We saw what he did last year: 21 goals and nine assists. He scored the winner in eight games,” said Sherwood.

“We could do with that now, by the way. If you put those points that he accumulated for us on top of what we have got we would probably be challenging for the title.

“The two best players on the pitch last night (in the Copa del Rey final) were Gareth Bale and Luka Modric and that says everything.”

Spurs are currently in sixth place, six points behind Everton, after what has been considered a disappointing season.

Sherwood admitted that the team’s involvement in the Europa League this season added extra strain to his side and now they are just focused on finishing as high up the table as possible.

“We are just focusing on trying to finish as high up the league as possible,” he added. “People do say that the less games you have the more chance you have of emulating Liverpool (who have not played in Europe this season and are currently top of the league).

“The last time we qualified for the Champions League, the year before we weren’t in the Europa League. The stats don’t lie.

“But we’re certainly not going to go on to the field and try to lose a game now with four to go so we don’t qualify. That is not going to happen.”

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