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Gareth Bale: Player Rating and performance versus Brighton

The Tottenham superstar was given a rare start against the Seagulls but he produced a display lacking in any kind of quality

10:06pm on Sunday 31st January 2021
Paul Macdonald

Gareth Bale was handed a rare start by Jose Mourinho for Tottenham in their match away to Brighton.

But his performance was a million miles away from the standard we've come to expect from the on-loan Real Madrid star.

Brighton 1-0 Tottenham: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

What was his overall performance like?

📷 Gareth Bale: Match Snapshot

Bale played from the start and managed 61 minutes of the contest before being replaced. He touched the ball just 31 times in that period, the most notable of which was a header off his own goal line when Lewis Dunk seemed set to score.

He made 21 passes with a 67% completion rate, which would be forgivable for a creative player who was creating something. But Bale didn't have a shot on goal or make anything resembling a key pass.

He made no interceptions, no recoveries and won just two of his seven aerial duels. In effect he provided zero tangible impact on the match.

〽️ Bale: Rating Week-on-Week


Bale was able to help Tottenham turn the match around against Wycombe on Monday, earning a 7.2 FC Rating. But here against much-improved opposition he suffered scoring a lowly 5.6 FC Rating.

🗝️ Key Stats

Gareth Bale match stats

FC Rating5.6
Mins Played61
Pass Completion67%
Touches In Box1
Key Passes0

Bale: What Next?

This was Bale's chance to prove to Jose Mourinho that he had the capacity to play more minutes and start more matches. But in a game where Tottenham in general were well below par, Bale's performance was one of the worst.

At the moment he appears to be a shadow of the player that was good for Real Madrid before he lost interest, and it's difficult to argue that he showed much interest here. Spurs are spending a lot of money on Bale and he is proving to be nothing more than an expensive, ill-advised, blunder.

Brighton 1-0 Tottenham: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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