‘Can do a lot better’ – Tony Pulis criticises Spurs attacking star

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Tony Pulis has criticised on-loan Tottenham attacker, Gareth Bale, for his performance in Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belgium last night.

The Welsh wizard started the pitch in attack for his national side, with fellow Spurs teammate Joe Rodon lining up in defence.

Bale started the game brightly by picking out Harry Wilson with an accurate through ball in the opening 10 minutes, putting Wales 1-0 up on the night.

However, Belgium soon clicked into gear and equalised just 12 minutes later through Kevin De Bruyne before Thorgan Hazard made in 2-1 soon after.

Despite Wales’ best efforts, Romelu Lukaku sealed the Belgium win from the spot in the second half and Bale was unable to get on the scoresheet.

Tony Pulis claimed that the Spurs winger didn’t have the best of games and criticised his communication on the pitch, stating that the Wales captain was not very verbal.

However, he did add that there was clear effort and commitment shown from Bale in his national colours, something Spurs will be hoping to see more of after the international break.

Pulis told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport: “For all his great togetherness off the pitch, he’s not the most verbal on the pitch.

“And you need that, especially against the top teams. You need some of the players who are going to get after the youngsters.

“I don’t think Bale played exceptionally well tonight. He can do a lot better, at times.

“But the effort was there. The commitment was there of the football team.”

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