Gareth Bale ‘wants a run of games to prove himself at Tottenham’ after being left out of Jose Mourinho’s squad for FA Cup defeat at Everton amid concerns over his appetite and work-rate since arriving on loan
Gareth Bale is desperate for a run of matches at Tottenham to prove that he still has what it takes to succeed at the top level amid a wretched loan return in north London.
Bale has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho this season in all competitions and has looked a shadow of his former self, and his latest setback came after he was left out of Tottenham’s squad to take on Everton in the FA Cup on Wednesday.
But according to The Times, the Welshman retains a huge appetite to play on a regular basis for Tottenham to get his career back on track, and especially so that he can peak before the delayed Euro 2020 finals.
Gareth Bale’s loan spell back at Tottenham this season has proved somewhat disastrous
Bale has previously said: ‘Leading into the Euros in the summer, that’s where I want to be peaking.
‘The more games I’m playing the better the body is adapting. It takes a bit of time when you’re a bit older, but I am excited to get back to full fitness.’
The Real Madrid loanee has only started twice in the Premier League this season, and has been an unused substitute in the last two fixtures after failing to make an impact under Mourinho – who claimed the winger wanted to do strength and conditioning work rather than make the trip to Merseyside in midweek.
Bale, who has failed to complete a full 90 minutes in the league this season, arrived on loan at Spurs with a knee injury.
But there were high hopes he would add another dimension to the side’s star-studded attack alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
However the Welshman – who hardly featured in the 18 months before he joined on loan from Real Madrid – has flattered to deceive and has in fact come in for plenty of criticism this term.
Jose Mourinho has used the Welshman sparingly all season, making just two league starts
Sportsmail recently reported that the 31-year-old’s application is being questioned by Tottenham – who agreed to pay in the region of £250,000 of his mammoth £600,000-per-week salary – with concerns from within the camp about his appetite.
It is understood that there was particular disappointment at Bale’s work-rate during the rare start for the attacker in the 1-0 loss to Brighton on January 31.
Indeed, even Brighton’s players were said to be surprised at the apparent lack of industry shown by Bale during the clash at the Amex Stadium.
There is a general disappointment at how Bale’s return to the club on loan has progressed.
The Southampton academy graduate was not viewed as a priority signing by Mourinho last summer, but the club’s hierarchy viewed the opportunity to re-sign Bale as too attractive a deal to turn down.
That move has simply failed to work out so far but Bale will be desperate to silence his critics and get himself back in contention under Mourinho sooner rather than later with the business end of the season approaching.
Bale was uninspiring as he started Tottenham’s drab 1-0 defeat at Brighton on January 31