With the January transfer window opening, Premier League clubs have the chance to strengthen their squads for the second half of the season. But the high expectations from new recruits aren’t always reflected in their performances on the field — as the struggles of these high-profile summer signings show:
GARETH BALE (TOTTENHAM) The homecoming to Tottenham was meant to be Bale’s chance to revitalize a career that stalled at Real Madrid even as the forward won every major title.
Still only 31 but prone to injury layoffs, Bale has been unable to find a consistent run in a team he starred for before securing the move to Madrid in 2013. Now the attacking threat comes most consistently from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Gareth Bale has made only one Premier League start since returning to Tottenham on a season-long loan in September. – AFP
The announcement from Tottenham this…