Tottenham’s supporters have taken to social media to react to Nuno Espirito Santo’s confirmation that Gareth Bale will not be lining out for the club over the season ahead.
Second Spurs stint
Welsh international Bale of course made the move back to North London last summer.
On the back of another disappointing campaign in the Spanish capital with Real Madrid, Los Blancos decided that their one-time record signing would be allowed to depart on loan.
Spurs, in turn, swooped, in what was widely viewed at the time as a savvy piece of business on the part of Daniel Levy and co.
And Bale’s time back with the Lilywhites subsequently proved something of a mixed bag, with the 31-year-old, at times, having been accused of looking altogether disinterested.
In other moments, however, Bale proved a genuine asset for Spurs, looking close to his scintillating best.
During one particularly fruitful patch between mid-February and early March, the veteran attacker racked up six goals and three assists across six appearances.
On the back of Jose Mourinho’s departure, meanwhile, Bale instantly found the net in a meeting with Southampton, before notching a hat-trick amid a wonderful individual display versus Sheffield United.
With this hat-trick completing finish over the weekend, Gareth Bale now has 8️⃣ goals in his past 8️⃣ Premier League appearances 🔥pic.twitter.com/fqRmuH9y4s
— Goal (@goal) May 5, 2021
All told, the Welshman racked up a none too shabby 16 goals across all competitions.
In turn, it subsequently came as little surprise, upon the campaign’s completion, to see calls mount amongst the Spurs faithful for their on-loan winger to be brought back for another year.
Such hopes, however, were definitively dashed late last night.
Speaking to the media, recently appointed Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo was drawn on whether he intended to sanction a fresh swoop for Bale.
And the Portuguese simply went on to explain:
‘He will not be part of our squad.’
🗣 “He will not be part of our squad.”
Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed that Gareth Bale will not be going back to Tottenham next season.
More ⤵️ #bbcfootball
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 16, 2021
Definitive confirmation of their side’s decision, meanwhile, has since been met with something of a mixed response on the part of the Spurs faithful.
Whilst some have suggested that Bale calling time on his 2nd spell with the club will prove beneficial in the long term, others have been left altogether disappointed, amid a combination of concern that a replacement for the Welshman will not be signed, and nostalgia regarding Bale’s previous heroics in North London:
Gutted this man isn’t coming back. What a waste of a loan season. I just wanted to watch him play live once again. My sons actual hero. Thanks for all the memories @GarethBale11 – always a Spur. pic.twitter.com/pSpqIqRtHh
— JaiP (@JaiP72) July 17, 2021
Bale not coming back, that’s one downgrade for the next season already
— EnicOut (@DanReilly_25) July 17, 2021
starting to believe we may have the exact same squad for next season MINUS bale *cries a river*
— kate (@katelc_) July 17, 2021
— R〽️ (@thfcro) July 16, 2021
Bale leaving and we wont sign Vinicius either…this is actually very bad news imo. A good portion of our goals have now been discarded from the club. As soon as the CB situation is sorted, we need to get a striker in.
— Aku (@IceBergwijn) July 17, 2021
Gutted we will not see Bale in a Spurs shirt next season proper shit never got to see him play last season. He actually had a half decent season 12 goals & prob did not even play half the games. Big shoes to fill next season for someone if we ever sign anyone. #Spurs #Bale
— Dan (@DanSmith1984) July 17, 2021
11 goals 2 assists. In 20 games? We’ll do well to replace that
— James Beer (@jamesmbeer) July 16, 2021
The replies man, its like people forget he is literally the reason why we have European football and are finished above arsenal
— Takerluke #LevyOut (@Takerluke) July 16, 2021
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