According to a report in The Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are questioning Gareth Bale’s application and his appetite as the Welshman continues to struggle to make an impression.
Bale’s fairytale return to Tottenham certainly has not gone according to plan, with the Welshman looking a shadow of the player he was in his first spell at the club.
It seemed like the winger had an opportunity to step up and prove his quality when he was handed a start by Jose Mourinho in the clash against Brighton in Harry Kane’s absence.
However, he put in a poor display and subsequently found himself as an unused substitute against Chelsea despite the home side’s lack of creativity going forward.
The Mail reveal that there was disappointment at Bale’s work rate at the Amex, with even some Brighton players being left surprised by the Spurs star’s lack of industry.
The report alleges that Bale was not seen as a priority signing by Mourinho but the club’s hierarchy instead viewed the opportunity to re-sign him as too attractive a deal to turn down.
It is said that Mourinho and his coaching staff are confident that on-loan Real Madrid star can improve and prove to be an important player for the remainder of the season but their confidence is wearing thin.
The report claims that there is an acknowledgement from the North London club, who are paying around £250,000 per week of the 31-year-old £600,000-per-week salary, that his signing has not provided the expected value for money.
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It is very difficult to judge looking on from the outside if Bale’s poor displays are down to issues with his attitude or if the Welshman is simply not at the level required to perform at the top level any longer. From the way Mourinho has defended Bale publicly, it seems as if the winger’s issues are fitness related rather than a lack of hunger.
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