Chris Waddle says he’s not too impressed with a Spurs player’s body language

Chris Waddle says he's not too impressed with a Spurs player's body language

Tottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle says Gareth Bale’s body language when warming up or arriving on or off the pitch “doesn’t turn him on”.

Spurs made headlines last September when they brought back their old talisman on loan from Real Madrid, the club they sold him to in 2013 for a then world record £ 85million.

It took Bale a few months to level up, but he has done well most of the time in recent weeks.

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So far, the Welsh international has made 25 appearances for Spurs this season, scoring 10 goals and registering three assists.

Ahead of his country’s World Cup qualifiers, Bale told reporters he plans to return to his parent club when his Spurs loan ends at the end of the season.

“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was primarily to play football,” he said as quoted by the Evening Standard.

“When entering the Euro, I wanted to be in good shape. The original plan was to make Spurs a season and after that the Euros have one more year at Real Madrid.

“My plan is to go back, it’s as far as I expected.”
Waddle shared his thoughts on Bale’s current situation following his comments yesterday.

“He’s had a lot of injuries,” Waddle told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport. “I’m not saying he had anything major. But a lot of big injuries in the last couple of years and I don’t think he’s ever come back to that rate.

“And I can see why Real Madrid got tired of him because he didn’t seem to be rushing to want to come back.

“Even when you look at his body language now.” He had a little spell at Tottenham, okay it was the Europa League and other games, but he didn’t really come back to the stage where you thought ‘wow’.

“He’s 31, not 34, 35 or 36. Whether mentally these injuries have taken their toll. Whether mentally he thinks “do I really need this?” His body language doesn’t turn us on when he warms up, whether he’s on or off the pitch.

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It has been good to see Bale finally up and running after a tough few months at Spurs, with the Welsh international responding to many of his critics and naysayers.

Granted, his comments didn’t go well with some Spurs fans, but other believed they were designed to get both sides to talk about extending the deal, possibly even closing Real.

Obviously Bale won’t be the same player he was a few years ago following his injury issues, but he’s certainly shown he has something to offer Spurs.

Let’s see how he ends the season and whether he has done enough to justify Spurs signing him again on loan – or maybe even permanently.

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