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7 Shots/Just 1 On Target: Last Night Bale Simply Wasn’t Good Enough
By Harry Hotspur -
Shots / on target

Gareth Bale came to back to Tottenham as the conclusion to a fairytale, it would take a very brave man to have said – before he kicked a ball for us again – that it was a deal that ought to have been swerved. Even I found the offer irresistible. The reality is, of course, just as Mourinho warned, nobody is the same as they were 7 years ago.

The problem Spurs have is that Bale is a colossal expense. I have no idea how many extra shirts the boy has triggered, but with fans likely to be locked out games for perhaps most of his season long loan, I’m not confident the club will be ahead. Of course, if the 31-year-old comes alive and either propels us into a final that we then win, or wins a final with a piece of magic, then it’s easier to construct a case for the loan having been a success.

The reason for highlighting last night’s game in order to voice my despair isn’t because I ran out of patience after just 7 appearances, it’s just that Ludogorest were so poor, Bale should have done better.

Total actions / successful

It wasn’t just a faulty pair of shooting boots that were the problem. When we look at that big, overarching stat of total successful actions, Bale only hit 48% – which is not good – and worse yet, against a side you wallop 4-0.

Let’s hope he turns it around, because so far, this has not been a fabulous investment.

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CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago

Bale needs to play more central. Hawking him out wide is not working. Why play Dele there, who still didn’t do much and missed all of his megnuts attempts, when we have Bale? He has noticeably lost pace, but he can still play.

Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
1 month ago

There are no guarantees in football which includes any Gareth Bale issues whatsoever. It’s presently too early to meaningfully judge him, but what’s clear is that he currently represents the worst return versus outlay per minute of play probably in the club’s history, and we’re only paying a 3rd of his wage. We all of course hope things will change drastically for the better by season’s end; if not, he should be passed to the Chinese, or sent to wherever they send racehorses to.

Go on the Last Hurrah’s!

mikey hughes
mikey hughes
1 month ago

Early days yet, he hasn’t played that many games.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 month ago

Don’t worry about bale. he’ll come good soon

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Optimism is one thing, realism is quite another!

Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
1 month ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Not concerned, bemused. He’s costing our club just short of £1,000,000 a month. You see his input since this season’s start, that’s cost Spurs £2,420,000, and we have no match income. Unless he turns on the magic when it’s really needed, I can’t see how we can justify him being paid, or being in the squad.

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
1 month ago

Gareth Bale’s sheer presence at Tottenham, in the changing room ,and on the pitch would give every one of our players young & experienced an immeasurable lift as an outstanding example of a winner who has achieved everything at the highest level.Who only knows what his advice and influence has already had on the performances of Kane, Sonny and the team this season.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

Agreed but IMO that’s not the reason we secured his services!!

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
1 month ago

With what he will provide Spurs this season IMO on & off the pitch good business.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

Either way it’s a loan deal nothing ventured nothing lost presumably a win win for everybody me thinks??

mikey hughes
mikey hughes
1 month ago

We could have got a hologram much cheaper!

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
1 month ago
Reply to  mikey hughes

Not much use when you need a winner against Brighton.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

So Zidane could see what many of the blind at Spurs couldn’t

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Zidane was blind if he couldn’t see Reguilon was the best Leftback in la liga last season.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

True but thats also only a loan deal!

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
1 month ago

It’s not a loan deal. He cost £27m and Madrid have a buy back option for two years but would cost them nearer £40m. If Reggie wants to stay it’s his choice. A loan deal would have cost Spurs maybe £10m a season this way even if he goes back they will make £10m plus.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

Thanks for the correction!

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
1 month ago

David do you know who got MOTM last night?

MrChickenHead
MrChickenHead
1 month ago

Luxury we can ill afford on the pitch, other than the Ropey for now anyway.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  MrChickenHead

7 years having elapsed when Bale was in his prime at Spurs skinning defenders for fun and scoring thunderbolt goals, hand on heart what were we expecting??

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago

Simply put, sentimentality reasons aside Bale adores Spurs and we love Bale, the hash reality of the situation is that Bale older, injuries having taken it’s toll, lack of game time and match fitness sadly he ain’t the same sensational player he was 7 yrs ago!

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 month ago

He’s still got some “sensation in him, he’ll come good soon