By Nick Ware

23rd May, 2021 | 10:30am

Marcus Bent believes Gareth Bale would thrive at Everton

Everton could be the perfect club to help reignite the flailing career of Tottenham Hotspur attacker Gareth Bale, according to Marcus Bent.

Bale, 31, is on loan at the North London side from Spanish giants Real Madrid, who he joined in 2013.

The Wales international is one of the most decorated British players of all time, picking up four Champions League titles with Los Blancos, but he is deemed surplus to requirements at the capital club.

His season-long loan at Spurs has not been an unqualified success either, despite scoring nine Premier League goals in 19 appearances, making just 10 league starts.

He is still doing the business for Wales, though, with Mirror journalist John Cross calling him “sensational” and “incredible” on his personal Twitter profile after an assist against Czech Republic in March.

Speaking to Football FanCast, former Blues striker Bent believes Everton could offer a safe haven for Bale.

I think that would be his kind of club,” he said.

“I think he’d be the headline player, which he needs to be for his confidence and he would play week in, week out, alongside some great players.

As I’ve spoken about before, Everton is a family club, they would take him in and give him the love that he needs.”

Learnt our lesson

An ageing superstar from Real Madrid? We’ve seen that before.

James Rodriguez pitched up on Merseyside last summer at the age of 29 after a six-year spell with the La Liga side.

He was greeted with much fanfare and made an eye-catching start with the Blues as we soared to the top of the Premie League table, but it’s been downhill ever since.

The Colombian playmaker has missed nine of our last 14 games and he will be absent once more for our final-day clash with Manchester City.

We would be making a grave and very expensive mistake if we make a similar move for Bale this summer.

His wages would be astronomical and it’s just not worth the gamble on someone so injury-prone and lacking in fitness.

Young and hungry players are who we should be aiming for and Bale certainly does not fit into either category.

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