Darren Bent believes Gareth Bale is ‘nowhere’ near the man he used to be and the club should reconsider his loan and presence at the club.
has been struggling to make an impact atTottenham
since he rejoined the club on a loan for a season from
Since he joined the club, he has only contributed one goal in seven appearances.
In the 2-0 win against Manchester City on November 21, he was left on the bench. He was also an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw againstChelsea
on Saturday. Most of his appearances were in theEuropa League
and it is likely that he will be in the game againstLASK
Former Spurs star
thinks that Bale is ‘nowhere’ near the player he used to be. Bale scored 56 goals in 203 games during his first spell at the club.
“It’s a gradual process but at the same time it’s a year loan," Bent said. "For me, the question you’ve got to ask is how long is Mourinho prepared to give him before he goes 'this is not working’.
“All the talk has been about [Heung-min] Son and [Harry] Kane being superb, but when they get Bale back, when Bale gets back to himself, Bale this and Bale that. But right now he’s nowhere near the Bale we can remember.
“He’s not played consistently for about three years and he’s had big injuries as well, so that Bale may never come back.”
Bent also suggested that the club should reconsider his loan and probably let him go.
“Do you think there’s a point in the season where he could become a distraction? They have to make a decision," he added. "It’s a year loan and if it continues like this what do Spurs do? Send him back to Madrid or keep him?
“So for me how long are they going to give him and how long are the fans going to give him before they go ‘listen, we can’t keep waiting on him to come back'… [Steven] Bergwijn needs to be playing and Lucas Moura need to be playing.
“It’s kind of a strange one, but at the minute the signs don’t look great.”