Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold has been discussing Gareth Bale and his situation at the north London club in terms of his current fitness levels.
This comes after the journalist recently uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel where he spoke about a range of subjects concerning the Lilywhites.
On the topic of Bale and his current situation, Gold had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I think [people at Spurs] know there’s an acceptance they’re not going to see the old Gareth Bale, but to see a dangerous Gareth Bale, but I think they’re also seeing a Gareth Bale that’s very worried about really letting himself go because of injuries.
“Essentially, Spurs have got him on loan, like I said, there’s an option for a second year if they want it, but this very much is going to be a period of whether Bale truly believes in his own body, that he can still do it at the top level and trust his body to do it.
“I think the quality is there, I said it before, I still believe that if he can get a run of games going and some sharpness, I think in the new year, you’ll see a really, really good Gareth Bale, but he’s just got to believe in his body a bit more and kind of be able to push himself and not be so worried about these little niggling injuries.”
Spurs signed the Welshman on a season-long loan deal from Spanish club Real Madrid back in September.
Since then, the winger has made 11 appearances for Spurs across the Premier League, Europa League and Carabao Cup, scoring a goal in each competition so far (per Transfermarkt).
His latest appearance for the north London club saw him score the opening goal of Spurs’ recent 3-1 win over Stoke City in the Carabao Cup. However, the 31-year-old, who is currently valued at £18 million, picked up a calf injury in the match and has not featured since.
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TIF Thoughts on Alasdair Gold’s comments on Bale…
Given how Bale has suffered plenty of injuries throughout his career and is reportedly lacking in confidence over his fitness since arriving at Spurs, this latest injury will do absolutely no good for the winger.
With all these issues, it’s hard to imagine Bale making much of an impact for Spurs throughout the remainder of the season if he can’t get his fitness under control in our view.