Tottenham extending £650k-a-week star’s stay beyond this season would be totally pointless

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Bet365 Stadium on December 23, 2020 in Stoke on Trent, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Why Tottenham should avoid extending the stay of Gareth Bale at the club

According to Eurosport, Tottenham are open to the idea of extending the loan deal for Gareth Bale. Real Madrid were concerned about Bale’s form and that he would return after his loan spell this season. However, Spurs are said to be happy with Bale and could prolong his stay at the club.

Gareth Bale is no longer the same player

The Welsh wizard has come a long way from the lanky speedster at Spurs to an all-conquering Galactico at Real Madrid. He established himself as one of the best forwards on the planet during his time in Spain, helping Real Madrid to numerous trophies. During his 7-year stay, he formed a deadly partnership with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

However, fitness and injury problems have always been a huge sticking point for Bale. He often had to face long spells on the sidelines, missing chunks of seasons. It sort of went sideways in the last couple of seasons when he was overlooked despite being fit. His attitude did little to endear himself to the club faithful.

Gareth Bale has fallen down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane (Getty Images)
Gareth Bale has fallen down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane (Getty Images)

However, the problem is, Gareth Bale is no longer that speedy winger who can shrug off a defender and run into the box to produce something. Injuries have taken a toll on him and lack of regular games means that he has looked off-colour in terms of fitness.

Absolutely no impact

While it was all too rosy to see Bale return to his old stomping ground, there has been no impact from him. He has again suffered from niggling injuries, which has restricted him to 11 games across all competitions and 3 goals.

All that would have been understandable in the event that Spurs weren’t paying £325,000 of his £650,000-a-week wages. That makes him their highest earner, with Harry Kane a distant second. For the money they are spending, it hardly seems they are getting its worth.

Tottenham Hotspurs Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale (L) celebrates scoring his team’s second goal as Tottenham Hotspur’s Spanish defender Sergio Reguilon jumps into his arms during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by JOHN WALTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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If this loan deal has proved anything, it is that Spurs really don’t need Gareth Bale. They have enough players in the attack to do away without him. The likes of Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela have done enough to be given a longer run in the side.

It’s understandable that the club want to keep a former player of theirs but from a logical perspective, there seems to be no sense in keeping Bale after his loan deal expires this season.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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