Pundit claims summer signing ‘will have received assurances’ from Mourinho about game time

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Dom Le Roy

Former Arsenal striker, Kevin Campbell believes that Jose Mourinho would have given Gareth Bale game time assurances when signing, despite leaving him on the bench for the last three league matches.

Mourinho opted to start with a front three of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, with Bale being an unused substitute in all three matches.

One cannot argue with the Tottenham boss’ selection as Spurs kept three clean sheets and picked up seven out of a possible nine points to maintain their place at the top of the table.

Some pundits, including Tim Sherwood and Gabriel Agbonlahor, have claimed that the Welshman is unlikely to start in big matches since Mourinho prefers Berwijn’s tendency to track back and put in a defensive shift.

Agbonlahor even suggested that Bale might be left frustrated at being repeatedly overlooked in big matches but Campbell insisted that the 31-year-old will get his chances further down the line.

The former Arsenal man told Football Insider: “Gareth Bale will be slightly frustrated to be overlooked for these big games but we are still early on in the season. There is a lot of games still to play and they will come thick and fast over the Christmas period.

“I am sure Gareth will get his minutes but Bergwijn has been part of that winning team. I cannot see Jose Mourinho really changing the eleven that much.

“Bale will be frustrated but he will have received assurances off Jose Mourinho. He will get game time this season.”

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