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    GARETH BALE SECOND SEASON?

      
        Will Gareth Bale Get A Second Season At Spurs



    When Gareth Bale made his Tottenham homecoming at the start of the season, Spurs fans were licking their lips at the prospect of the Welsh forward linking up with both Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in attack.

    An addition that for many, was believed to be the missing piece in Tottenham’s jigsaw and if the Real Madrid loanee could put his trophy winning nous to good effect, then surely the North London outfits silverware drought would come to an end.

    While although Tottenham have reached the Carabao Cup final in April, they have stuttered in the Premier League and what is perhaps more damming, is the fact that they have done so without the marquee returnee featuring at large.

    With the return of Bale to London’s N17 postcode, expectations would have certainly been high and although it was easy for supporters to get caught up in the hype, the more pragmatic element of the fanbase may have at least applied some form of caution.

    Because, this was always going to be a Bale Mk 2, then opposed to the original version that burst onto the scene a decade or so ago and with a different kind of muscle mass attached to his body, those lung bursting runs were always going to be a thing of the past.

    However, that is not to say that his overall game had worsened, it’s just that it evolved, and it was set to be an evolution that once fully fit, would offer a genuine catalyst to Tottenham’s title winning hopes.

    While because of such large periods of inactivity, time was certainly afforded to him to get up to full fitness and although September and October were never going to be the months in which top speed was found, the same cannot be said about November and December.

    To the point where, with each month that passes the hope lessened and the excuses started to pile up, as for all the hope of firing during the festive period, the expectation was not to ask for anything tangible until the turn of the year.

    While at this point, we are now closer to the end of the season than the beginning and soon a rather pertinent decision will have to be made, a decision that will confirm whether Bale gets a second season on loan at Tottenham.

    On the evidence of what we have seen so far, you would have to say that the decision is a rather simple one and it is not going to be good news for the man who hopes to lead Wales to international glory this summer.

    If chairman Daniel Levy was to make a call before the end of January, then the likely conclusion would be that Bale is sent back to the Spanish capital and he subsequently sees out the last season of his Real Madrid contract in the wilderness.

    A scenario that neither party really wants, its just that it would be almost ludicrous to extend such a deal, when the player has not lived up to his end of the rather hefty bargain and if an extension is to be granted, then performances will have to improve.
     
    Of course, there is one plot twist in all of this and that is the fact that manager Jose Mourinho seemingly does not trust Bale in the Premier League and without the necessary minutes, the former Southampton starlet cannot show his worth to those who matter most.

    Then again, the second half of the season is always the right half in which to really show what you can do, especially when contract talks are in the air and should the man in question be afforded the opportunity to shine, then it is an opportunity he cannot waste.

    While if it is not a case of opportunity missed, it could thrust Tottenham back up the league table and put them back in the hunt to win the latest edition of the Premier League, while ending a 60-year wait to rule English football once again.

    In a season which has already had so many twists and turns, you certainly cannot rule this side out of the title race and if you were to check out the odds on SBR, then backing Spurs would still represent a rather decent amount of value.

    Value that could only increase, if Bale’s Premier League contribution increases at the business end of the season and with the player also wanting to make sure he is fully fit for Wales at the European Championships, he will be doing his absolute best to be in peak physical condition for such an event.

    Which may play into the hands of his temporary employers and when you consider that all the trophies are handed out in the last month of the season, then it might just be the perfect time for this man to remind everyone of just how good he really is.


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    Posted: Wednesday 20th January 2021
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