It’s easy to point the finger at the £85m man who has a bit of a bad game, but these really are concerning times for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.
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Aside from a disallowed goal in the first half, the Welshman was utterly anonymous in Real’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona, barely getting involved despite the visitors actually enjoying a decent share of the possession at the Nou Camp and worrying the home side on more than one occasion.
Time may now be running out for Bale to prove himself with the Spanish giants – he cost more than Cristiano Ronaldo but is clearly miles off being that kind of player. Some feel he could improve if the egotistical Portuguese forward were sold (another rumour that seems to have some weight to it as the summer approaches) but Real have little reason to believe they should offloaded their superstar with nearly 300 goals in just six seasons to make way for a player who had one truly outstanding season…two years ago for Tottenham Hotspur.
Was Bale massively overhyped for his displays at White Hart Lane? He did indeed look unplayable at times in his final season in the Premier League, but questions now have to be asked about whether or not he has what it takes to play for a big club. He has his goals in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals, but apart from that he has not performed in big games in Madrid, and the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea supposedly chasing him might be best advised to steer clear.
It will be intriguing to see what happens next for the 25-year-old, who would supposedly command a fee of around £70m if he were to leave Spain this summer – right now it’s hard to imagine anyone paying that, but equally hard to imagine him wearing the famous white shirt again next season.