Jermaine Jenas has claimed that Jose Mourinho may have sent his relationship with Gareth Bale back to ground zero after hauling him off against Arsenal on Sunday.
The Welshman started his first North London Derby since returning to the club on-loan from Real Madrid in the summer but it was far from a fairytale match for him.
Bale struggled to get into the game both defensively and offensively, with his only real standout moment coming in the build-up to Lamela’s goal when he switched the play to Sergio Reguilon.
The Spurs winger has been in sensational form coming into this game, with recent braces against both Burnley and Crystal Palace, but he looked off the pace against the Gunners.
Jenas claimed that Bale would have been annoyed at the substitution, hinting that he was no worse than any other Tottenham player out there.
He said (BBC): “To add a bit of salt to the wound, Spurs have lost Son for what could be the best part of six weeks with his hamstring injury – and they have potentially lost some of Bale’s allegiance to the cause too.
“If I were Bale, I would be annoyed at being dragged off before the hour mark of a north London derby, because I would be looking around thinking I’ve been no worse than anyone else here.
“Mourinho might just have sent that relationship back to ground zero as well.”
He also added that the progress Spurs had made in recent weeks felt like a lie off the back of how they approached the North London Derby.
Check out his full column for the BBC here.
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