Tottenham should sign Gareth Bale “now” if they think he can recreate his late-season form next term.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Bale netted twice in last Sunday’s 4-2 win over Leicester City.
That took his Premier League tally for the season to 11 and meant that the Welshman scored a goal on average every 91 minutes he was on the pitch in 2020-21 (Wyscout).
That leaves the 31-year-old streets ahead of any other player in the division in terms of goals scored per 90 minutes – Kelechi Iheanacho was 2nd with a goal every 131 minutes.
The on-loan forward was used sparingly by Jose Mourinho in the early throes of the campaign, though his game-time has increased steadily throughout.
And Kenny was blown away by Bale’s form towards the end of the season.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “At the back end of the season, he’s shown what he can do.
“He’s scored quite a few goals in recent weeks and that is a crazy stat. I think if Tottenham could get him playing like that week in, week out then they should sign him now.
“It’s been tough for him. Coming off the bench and playing 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there, it’s hard to change a game sometimes.
“I think he’ll be devastated he didn’t get more game time under Mourinho. For one reason or another, that didn’t work out.
“It depends whether he wants to go back to Spain or stay here and have another crack at it.
“Hopefully, he’d get more game-time under a manager he’d probably get on with a bit better. Sometimes some players are made for a certain club.”