‘Wound me up all season’ – Gary Neville admits he is not impressed with Spurs star

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Dom Le Roy

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has claimed that he has been left wound up by Gareth Bale’s actions on the Tottenham Hotspur bench.

Neville, who was appearing as part of his punditry duties on Sky’s Monday Night Football show (15/2) admitted that the sight of the Welshman smiling as he watches on from the sidelines has not gone down well with himself.

The 31-year-old has struggled to make an impact since re-joining the North London club on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

The Welshman has scored just four times in 16 appearances in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side, with just one of those goals coming in the Premier League (transfermarkt).

Neville raised the question of whether Bale and Dele Alli will be able to turn around the club’s fortunes after a terrible run of form which has seen them go from the top of the Premier League table in December to ninth place.

Is he going to bring Dele Alli and Bale round?,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I’m not saying he has to pander to these players because to be honest with you, Gareth Bale’s wound me up all season, just watching him smile on the bench. 

“Dele Alli, to be fair, I’ve worked with him at England. He’s a brilliant talent but he should be doing a lot more, I want a lot more from him, he’s an outstanding player.

“Deliver on a great career. There’s a reason why his career’s doing what it’s doing, it’s not just Jose Mourinho, Dele’s got to get hold of it himself.”

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