Opinion: Gareth Bale – Should he stay or go?

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Following a recent hat-trick, talks have popped up again around Gareth Bale’s future. The Welshman joined earlier in the season in a double-deal with left-back Sergio Reguilon also coming from Madrid.

It was a slow start for the winger, with Bale using the Europa League to gain his fitness back. However, he hit some form at the turn of the new year.

The sacking of Jose Mourinho has seemingly released the shackles from Bale with him netting 4 goals in his last 4 starts after the Portuguese manager left.

With the most notable performance of late being that scintillating hat-trick versus relegated Sheffield United, Bale has been showing signs all season long that he still holds that world-class ability, leaving a large decision on Levy and/or the next manager.

Report have claimed that Daniel Levy will offer the next Spurs head coach, whoever that may be, the chance to re-sign Bale again next season.

The decision to be made is whether Bale’s astronomical wages will be worth the moments of magic he delivers, or should the club ditch the fairy tale and move towards younger and more sustainable targets?

One argument to be made is that Bale’s lack of tracking back can often be detrimental to the team’s performance and may be the cause of him constantly being hooked off at around the 70th-minute mark.

One prime example came against Leeds last weekend where Bale and Aurier were seen walking back after losing the ball and Marcelo Bielsa’s side netted seconds later.

This could be an area for concern for the Tottenham decision-makers as the next manager may lean towards more of a high-intensity game plan which could leave Bale more exposed.

A second point of concern or debate for the club would be whether the club should switch for an alternative that could be younger, cheaper or a better option for the team or system the next manager will look to implement.

For example, Norwich winger Emi Buendia has impressed again this season by scoring 15 goals and getting 16 assists from the right-wing position, at 24 years of age it wouldn’t be surprising if the club turned to Argentine if he became available.

The other options for right-winger positions are hard to come by but RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer is exceptionally versatile and can play on the right, although would not be an outright winger.

A bit more of a rogue option for the club would be the Leeds winger, Raphinha, who is also at the age of 24 where he would be approaching his prime.

He has played in the Premier League this season obviously, which is something that is seeming to become more and more valuable to clubs now.

However, in conclusion, I think it would be difficult for the club to find a player like Bale who can deliver big moments and score as many goals as he can in the Premier League for the same price. For that reason, I would re-sign him again if possible.

If the club were looking to lean towards a more futuristic view, I think Buendia would be the ideal replacement, at 24 he has 236 professional games under his belt, and with him being at a club like Norwich I cannot imagine Tottenham would have to absolutely break the bank for him.

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