Former midfielder Michael Brown has suggested that there could be something going on behind the scenes as to why Gareth Bale has failed to make an impact during his return to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Welshman completed a season long loan move back to North London from Real Madrid in the summer but has failed to reach the highs experienced during his first stint at the club.
Bale was forced off at half time during last Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Stoke City in the Carabao Cup with the 31-year-old scoring the opening goal of the game and was subsequently not included in the squad for the trip to Wolves on Sunday.
Brown is concerned that there could be more than what meets the eye with Bale typically being a naturally fit player compared to what is currently being witnessed.
Bale has not had a regular run in Jose Mourinho’s first team, having only started one Premier League fixture this season (transfermarkt).
“Are we missing something? Is there more of an ongoing issue with Gareth that we don’t know about?” he told Football Insider.
“If you listen to Jose, he said [after Stoke match] that when Bale was walking off the pitch, he said he couldn’t carry on anymore.
“For me, that’s not Bale. Bale is one of the fittest, he’s one of the most high-intensity runners, he can cover the ground. He’s an amazing athlete.
“It’s a shame because when he gets that opening goal, you’re thinking that this could be the game for him to go on and get a couple.”
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