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Gareth Bale may not have it all his own way this time around

Gareth Bale was used to having it all his own way at Tottenham… but his brief cameo may have been football’s way of telling him it’ll be different this time around as chance to hit winner goes begging with West Ham netting three AFTER he came on

  • Tottenham let a three-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 with West Ham on Sunday
  • Gareth Bale made his return in the 72nd minute with his side leading 3-0 
  • It was his first piece of action since rejoining the club during the summer 
  • The Welshman’s involvement was scarce as his side threw away their lead

It was the last thing West Ham’s beleaguered players wanted. They’d just spent 72 minutes suffering at the hands of Harry Kane only to see Gareth Bale emerge from his seat on the bench, stripped and ready to come on for his second Tottenham debut.

His hair in bun and wearing the No 9 – 30 days after re-signing – Bale was back home, seven years after departing for Real Madrid.

As is it turns out, West Ham players and David Moyes didn’t need to worry.

Gareth Bale’s first game since rejoining Tottenham did not go according to plan

Bale was straight into the thick of the action immediately pulling rank to take the free-kick that allowed his introduction in place of Steven Bergwijn.

His strike from fully 35 yard was easily dealt with Lukasz Fabianski – even by Bale’s sky-high standards scoring with your first touch from a free kick is beyond realism.

Yet, there was a slight tinge of disappointment when Bale’s effort didn’t rocket past Fabianski.

It’s how Tottenham supporters remember Bale. Goals, assists – their very own Superman.

The 31-year-old forward came on in the 72nd minute with his side leading by three goals

He was super-human when he left to become a Galactico in 2013 – everything he touched turned to gold.

Things change, though. Indeed, it may be wise for Tottenham fans to temper their expectations of Bale.

At 31, it remains to be seen whether the Wales international can replicate those barnstorming performances that saw him become the hottest property in European football.

The Premier League certainly hasn’t got any easier as Bale found discovered first hand on his return to the English football.

Bale showed some glimpses of his former self but his involvement in the game was scarce

Spurs were 3-0 up when he came on, they were clinging on for dear life by the end as West Ham scored twice in in quick succession to set up what would turn out to be a phenomenal finish to the game.

Bale’s involvement was scarce as he came on, the majority of his time spent trying to thwart West Ham’s increasingly dangerous forays forward.

Yet, we were still treated to glimpse of his utter brilliance in injury time, Bale searing through the Hammers defence to see the whites of Fabianski’s eyes – only to fire wide when it appeared easier to score.

It was exactly what we remember of Bale. Power, pace and trickery – only the precision that was missing.

The Welshman and his side threw away their lead as West Ham pulled off a stunning comeback

But then Bale was served a cold reminder of exactly how unforgiving England’s top-flight can be.

Agonisingly close to 4-2; moments later Spurs had thrown it all away as Manuel Lanzini thundered home an audacious equaliser to leave Bale’s homecoming in tatters.

When Bale left for Spain, he was used to having all his own way. His 18 minute cameo maybe football’s way of telling him it’ll be different this time around.


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Jurgen Klopp reveals Thiago Alcantara injury after Liverpool's draw vs Everton

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Thiago Alcantara has suffered an injury following Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday.

Thiago was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Richarlison in the second half. The Everton forward was given a straight red card for the tackle, while the Liverpool midfielder was able to finish the game after getting treatment.

But Klopp revealed after the match that Thiago ‘looks not good’ but is unsure over the extent of the midfielder’s injury.

Thiago could now be an early doubt for Liverpool’s clash against Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The Premier League champions could also be without Virgil van Dijk after he was forced off in the first half following a poor challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

‘Difficult, difficult in the moment, because you go in the dressing and the red card for Richarlison is not only a red card for Everton it’s a massive foul on Thiago as well,’ Klopp told BT Sport.

‘A massive foul, and he lies there now and we don’t know what he has. So it looks not good, to be honest.

‘So it’s difficult to only judge the game. The game was brilliant but it’s over, we got one point, should we have had three? Maybe yes, but we cannot change that any more.

‘But that’s the situation. I can’t change it.’

Klopp added in his post-match press conference: ‘I leave the pitch and Thiago tells me that in the red card situation with Richarlison he thinks he got injured.

‘We will see if it’s true or not. When a player feels like this we’ll immediately have a look.’

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch said of Richarlison’s challenge on Thiago: ‘It’s nasty this one.

‘I mean, Thiago’s done well to get back up from this. It’s a potential leg-breaker.’

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman added: ‘From our initial view we didn’t realise the severity of it it’s only when you see it from a different angle the angle the referee has got that you realise exactly what the tackle is and it’s a terrible tackle.’

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