While Bale is on his holidays... Tottenham's Iago Falque can still be a hero for Almeria this season

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Iago Falque's 2012/13 season is not over just yet.

Iago Falque was last week named as one of 10 Spurs players by the Mail that Andre Villas-Boas would listen to offers to this summer, but the Spaniard still has an opportunity to make his boss sit up and take notice.

Falque has done little wrong at Spurs, scoring six goals and providing six assists for their under-21 side in just eight games over the first half of this season.

The 23-year-old got chances in the League Cup and Europa League, where he impressed also, but found himself packed off to Spain's second division to play for Almeria in January.

It was a deal which was initially perplexing - why was he not heading to a La Liga team - but the reasons were clear; this was Falque's chance to play week in week out.

For a player who had made just two league appearances since the 2010/11 season, when he played 36 times for Villareal B - getting some regular competitive game time is crucial for his development as a footballer - wherever his future lies.

And competitive it certainly is, right to the end. Almeria finished the regular season in third place, but this was not enough to secure automatic promotion - instead the club have had to try and negotiate their way through the play-offs to win the final promotion spot into La Liga.

In the regular season for Almeria, Falque played 18 games, scoring twice and providing five assists, playing his role in their top three finish.

He started their second play-off semi-final game yesterday against Las Palmas, playing 70 minutes - in a game which they won 2-1 after a 1-1 first leg draw.

This has taken Falque's Almeria side into a winner takes all final against Girona, to be played over two legs, this Wednesday and then on Saturday.

The sides met in the league in the penultimate game of the season, with Falque playing 90 minutes as Almeria won2-1 on that occasion.

He has an opportunity over the two games to be a hero, and either convince Tottenham to give him more chances next season, or even put himself in the shop window.

While Gareth Bale and the rest of the Tottenham squad sun themselves on their summer holidays, Falque will hope his extended season ends on a high note.

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