David Edwards told Sky Sports News on Wednesday morning that Tottenham loanee, Gareth Bale, is physically ‘not quite the same’ anymore.
The former striker was part of the Wales squad that reached the semi-final of Euro 2016 and he would have seen the Tottenham fan favourite at his best.
But during these past few years, the left-footed powerhouse has slowly started to decline with a lack of game time and injuries hitting him hard.
Spurs fans saw the older and much-changed Bale on their shores this season, and even though many wanted to see more of him, he did end the campaign with the best minutes to goals ratio.
Ahead of Wales’ crucial Euro 2020 clash against Turkey on Wednesday afternoon, Edwards shared his thoughts on Bale.
“Ability-wise, he has still got it,” said Edwards. “Physically, I think he’s not quite the same.
“Age happens in every footballer. In 2016, every time Gaz got the ball, we thought he could score.
“Regardless of where he was on the pitch, if he had picked up it on the edge of our own box. We thought he could score. He could go on a run. He had the pace to go past people. And he shoots with so much power and accuracy, he was incredible.
“To train alongside him and witness it all, it was a special time in his career. I don’t think he’s quite got that edge. But he still has the quality. He can still hit the ball really well. But that raw pace, I don’t think that is there anymore.”
It does seem as though Bale won’t be returning to Tottenham next season when his loan deal officially expires at the end of this month.
Many were questioning what was going to happen to him once the season drew to a close, but with Carlo Ancelotti returning to Real Madrid, it may have upset the apple cart a little.
Bale, who was frozen out at Madrid for a number of years, might now find himself back in the fold at the Bernabeu next season and playing under a manager with who he previously thrived under.