"And we should all be rubbing our hands at the prospect . . . I know I certainly am.
"In my book that stands comparison alongside Liverpool's . . . and any around in fact.
"Imagine if you're a defender and you see those three names on the teamsheet. It's mouth- watering for most but knee- trembling for anyone trying to stop them.
"I've heard people saying that the Bale we see now won't be a patch on the one who left Spurs for Real Madrid seven years ago — but I'm not having that.
"Gareth is a naturally fit lad and looks after himself. And even if he has lost half a yard of pace, possibly even a yard, so what?"