Martin Keown has claimed that the game against Liverpool was the right time for Jose Mourinho to hand Gareth Bale a start on the back the Welshman’s performance against Wycombe in the FA Cup clash.
The Tottenham boss once again kept faith with his tried and tested front three of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn against Jurgen Klopp’s side and decided to stick with a back three that worked so well against Sheffield United earlier this month.
However, the system left the home side exposed at the back and not only did Tottenham go into half-time 1-0 down but they also lost Harry Kane to injury.
Mourinho decided to bring Erik Lamela and Harry Winks on after the interval for Kane and Serge Aurier and his decision once again backfired with the North Londoners failed to create anything of note going forward.
The Spurs boss did not bring Bale on until the 81st minute, which left the winger with little time to try and impact the game.
Keown suggested that the Portuguese goal should have handed Bale a start even if it was at left-wing-back.
Watch what the former Arsenal defender said on talkSPORT:
🙌 "In the Wycombe match, he was starting to fly. He was running past people."
👍 "Last night was the moment to have introduced him into that game."
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 29, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion
I could understand Jose starting with Kane, Son and Bergwijn but I could not believe how late he left it to bring Bale on, particularly given how lively the Welshman looked against Wycombe and the fact that we were 3-1 down.
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