The defeat at home to Manchester United left Spurs slumped in seventh spot and six points off fourth-placed West Ham with just seven games remaining of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Will Gareth Bale come back next season?
One topic which Gold discussed specifically was the relationship between Gareth Bale and Jose Mourinho since the Welshman arrived back at the north London club on a season-long loan.
Gold discussed the unusual relationship between the 58-year-old and the Welsh winger with the journalist feeling Bale has borne the brunt of Mourinho’s ways.
He said: “I feel that it’s the balance of the players who he has upset, the players who aren’t getting the minutes. And I think for me, a key one is Gareth Bale. In that, it’s been such a mess of a relationship.
“It’s such a weird relationship. It’s like Levy’s two dream passion projects: Mourinho was the one he chased for 20 years, essentially, to get finally to the club. Bale, he’s wanted back ever since 2013. He put the clause in the contract that Spurs had the first option till summer 2019 it was to bring him back if they could afford it, which we obviously couldn’t until now.
“But it should have been a match made in heaven, it’s two things he’s wanted for ages. And it’s kind of been a perfect storm from hell, it just hasn’t worked, it’s been a real weird pairing together.
“I do feel that he kind of bore the brunt of what happened in the north London derby. He was poor that day, but he was not alone in that. And I kind of feel that since then, he’s almost been made the victim of that. And I find it a weird paradox that Mourinho won’t start him in matches but then will turn to him in the last couple of minutes to save the day.”
“Obviously, there may have been something behind the scenes that we’re not aware of, but I just say put him in, just let him go for it. This, probably, may well be the last month and a half we see of Gareth Bale in a Tottenham shirt. Why can’t we enjoy it?”
TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…
It has certainly not been the return to Tottenham that many Spurs fans would have wished for when they saw Bale was signing on a season-long loan. Bale has only made 14 appearances for Spurs in the Premier League with a combined 566 minutes.
As Gold says, Mourinho has not started Bale since the defeat against Arsenal, however, when Spurs have found themselves searching for a goal late on in recent weeks, the Portuguese manager will look to the Welsh winger as an option to come on and ‘save the day’ for the Lilywhites.
It is reported Spurs have the first refusal on whether to bring Bale back for another season, however, it is hard to see any value in doing so if Mourinho is still in charge given the lack of opportunities he has provided Bale with this campaign.