The interim manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Ryan Mason has hailed the club’s loanee Gareth Bale ahead of their Premier League match against Leeds United scheduled to take place at 12:30 on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
The 31-year-old Welshman who returned to the club last summer on loan from Real Madrid has been enjoying a renewed form since Jose Mourinho left the club a couple of weeks ago.
On May 2, Gareth Bale did the unthinkable in a Premier League match against Sheffield United. He scored three goals in the club’s 4-0 win over Sheffield United.
He is expected to continue with such a form in the remaining four Premier League games starting from tomorrow. Tottenham are fighting to finish in the top four and Bale’s form is needed to help the team to actualize a top-four finish.
Tottenham are currently sitting on the 6th spot on the league table with 56 points in 34 games, 5 points away from 4th placed Chelsea.
Ryan Mason said: “Gareth is a top professional with immense quality and the last two weeks in training he has been excellent.
“I pick the team from training performances and certain individuals who I think will help the team and against Southampton, we really felt we needed him with Harry (Kane) missing.
“Someone we could rely on to produce that moment and he’s gone and produced that in the last two Premier League matches.
“He’s happy which is important as a player and I think that has helped to see Gareth close to his best.
“He has proved over the last couple of weeks he’s still got that quality in the final third and I hope it continues.”
Since Gareth Ball returned to Tottenham Hotspur from Real Madrid on loan in September 2020, he has scored 9 goals and provided 2 assists in 16 Premier League games.
Due to his form especially in the last few weeks, he is expected to extend his stay at Tottenham Hotspur but his agent, Jonathan Barnett said no contract talks between Bale and Spurs yet.
The agent of Gareth Bale, Jonathan Barnett laments about Bale’s start at Spurs
When Gareth Bale first returned to Tottenham Hotspur where he played between 2007 and 2013 before he joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee worth €101million, he was expected to be a big success.
However, in the first few weeks at Tottenham Hotspur, he didn’t play because of injuries and fitness issues. When he was finally allowed to play, the former coach of the club, Jose Mourinho played him mostly from the bench.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett says the player has been through hard times at the club and he would have done better if he was used at the right position.
“Nothing has been discussed at the moment”, the agent said. “He had a tough ride and I don’t think that should have been necessary.
“He came as one of the best players in the world. Sure, he had a few injuries and a few fitness problems but once they were over, all he needed was to be played in the right position and to be played constantly to get back into the rhythm.
“He has been given that opportunity and you can see how he plays. I think with Gareth, like a lot of players, he has to enjoy his life, and then you do well.”