Ryan Mason reveals why he recalled Gareth Bale to starting XI

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Tottenham Hotspur were back to winning ways in the Premier League yesterday as they secured a narrow victory over Southampton thanks to a late penalty winner.

The Saints took the lead in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Danny Ings expertly glanced a header into the far corner.

However, Gareth Bale, who was back in the starting XI under new interim head coach Ryan Mason, came up with a sublime finish of his own in the second 45.

Bale had actually been benched for the last four games under Mourinho following one poor display against Arsenal in the North London Derby.

Despite this and without Harry Kane, Mason turned to his former Spurs teammate to serve as the main attacking threat and creator against Southampton.

Bale’s goal took him up to an impressive 11 for the season in just 28 games, as well as recording three assists (TransferMarkt).

Mason claimed that Bale was back in because he is a quality player and can produce moments in the final third.

He said (Football London): “Listen, Gareth’s an exceptional player, he’s had an exceptional career.

“Especially when you don’t have Harry in the team you need someone who can produce moments in the final third.

“That was the decision for Gareth today, and thankfully he’s repaid that, the effort he’s showed and the quality for the finish was absolutely outstanding.”

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