It’s fair to say that Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham has not gone at all according to plan so far.
There was a huge amount of fanfare in the summer when it was announced the Welsh forward would be re-joining his former side on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Big things were expected of the 31-year-old, but he has come nowhere near to repeating the stunning performances he produced on a regular basis in his first spell in North London.
There are rumours of a fall-out between him and manager Jose Mourinho, and it is looking increasingly unlikely Bale will stay beyond the end of the current campaign.
It is certainly a dramatic fall from the grace – and the numbers demonstrate just what a disastrous move it has been for Bale and Spurs so far.
As reported by The Sun, with Spurs paying Bale an eye-watering £250,000-per-week, it means each of his paltry four goals have cost the club a staggering £3.4m each.
He has made only 15 appearances in all competitions, with a total of 785 minutes of football under his belt.
And that means for every 60 seconds played Bale has earned £17,400.
That figure is even more shocking when you consider purely Premier League matches, in which Bale has played just 231 minutes across six matches and has therefore earned an unthinkable £59,000 per minute.
But Mourinho appeared to hit out at the star when explaining his absence, saying he was “surprised” by his “desire” to work with the sports science team rather than training as normal when he felt muscular discomfort on Tuesday.