What Tottenham will need to extend Gareth Bale’s loan
All talk around town is obsessed with Gareth Bale and the likelihood that Tottenham will extend their current loan deal at the end of the season.
Bale has shown signs of a full recovery in recent weeks, similar to the 2008 financial crash. For the impatient owners, who spent a small fortune on his weekly salary of around £ 200,000, and the supporters who expected Bale to excel at Tottenham from the start, the battle has been uphill and agonizing.
In truth, Bale has only been back in North London for eight, admittedly frustrating, months. The first two months, however, were a complete abandonment. Daniel Levy had extensive knowledge of Bale’s clearly deficient physical form prior to his signing. It was always going to take the Welsh star a while to regain the physical form necessary to play in the Premier League. Although most didn’t think it would take that long.
Bale has suffered multiple seemingly harmless injury setbacks over the past few months. Unfortunately, for a 31-year-old man who is already struggling to get in shape, absolutely no illness, even minor, is harmless. Every bump, bruise, sprain and muscle strain takes its toll on a player who, even under ideal conditions, would struggle to regain full form.
None of this is new to Daniel Levy, who knew precisely the monstrous financial risk he was taking when Bale put pen to paper. But Levy always believed that the potential benefits far outweighed the risks in place.
And most of the supporters too. Almost nine months later and here we are watching, albeit with tempered expectations and held breath, a fit, confident and reborn Bale.