It’s fair to say that Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham has not gone at all according to plan so far.
There was a huge amount of fanfare in the summer when it was announced the Welsh forward would be re-joining his former side on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Big things were expected of the 31-year-old, but he has come nowhere near to repeating the stunning performances he produced on a regular basis in his first spell in North London.
There are rumours of a fall-out between him and manager Jose Mourinho, and it is looking increasingly unlikely Bale will stay beyond the end of the current campaign.
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It is certainly a dramatic fall from the grace – and the numbers demonstrate just what a disastrous move it has been for Bale and Spurs so far.
As reported by The Sun, with Spurs paying Bale an eye-watering £250,000-per-week, it means each of his paltry four goals have cost the club a staggering £3.4m each.
He has made only 15 appearances in all competitions, with a total of 785 minutes of football under his belt.
And that means for every 60 seconds played Bale has earned £17,400.
That figure is even more shocking when you consider purely Premier League matches, in which Bale has played just 231 minutes across six matches and has therefore earned an unthinkable £59,000 per minute. Continue reading