Sam Allardyce believes West Ham’s ability to stifle Gareth Bale will determine how the Hammers fare against Tottenham.
The Welshman is in fine form for Spurs, having scored six goals in his last four matches in all competitions.
And, ahead of the Premier League clash against Andre Villas-Boas’ men at Upton Park, Allardyce admits his side will give the 23-year-old special treatment.
“We’ve talked to the players about Gareth Bale, how we nullify his service and stop him doing what he’s best at,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It will be a key element [against Tottenham]. Players out of possession will have to try and nullify him, because he's an outstanding player.
“We’ve got to find out where he’s playing because he’s changed positions a couple of times in the last four or five games. He’s generally considered a left-sided player coming in or going down the line and providing crosses but, sometimes, they’ve played him in the hole though behind Emmanuel Adebayor or Clint Dempsey.”