‘How long is Mourinho prepared to give him?’ – Darren Bent raises major doubts over whether Gareth Bale can recapture dizzy heights from first Tottenham spell

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‘How long is Mourinho prepared to give him?’ – Darren Bent raises major doubts over whether Gareth Bale can recapture dizzy heights from first Tottenham spell

Darren Bent believes his former Tottenham teammate Gareth Bale is in a race against time to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho.

The Wales international sealed a stunning return to Spurs in September, seven years after his then world-record £85million move to Real Madrid.

Bale is still finding his feet this season back in the Premier League

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Bale is still finding his feet this season back in the Premier League

Bale has featured seven times under Mourinho and got off the mark in his second stint by scoring the winning goal against Brighton in a 2-1 victory last month.

However, the 31-year-old has largely been restricted to cameo appearances in the Premier League and Bent has questioned whether Bale will able to rediscover the sort of form which firmly established him on the world stage.

In a conversation with Laura Woods on talkSPORT Breakfast, Bent said: “Listen, it’s a gradual process but at the same time it’s a year loan. For me the question you’ve got to ask is how long is Mourinho prepared to give him before he goes this is not working.

“All the talk has been about [Heung-min] Son and [Harry] Kane being superb, but when they get Bale back, when Bale gets back to himself, Bale this and Bale that. But right now he’s nowhere near the Bale we can remember.

“He’s not played consistently for about three years and he’s had big injuries as well, so that Bale may never come back.”

Bent and Bale, as well as Younes Kaboul, were unveiled by Spurs on the same day in July 2007

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Bent and Bale, as well as Younes Kaboul, were unveiled by Spurs on the same day in July 2007

Jamie O’Hara says Gareth Bale may have lost some pace and must adapt his game to succeed at Spurs

Bent, who played alongside the forward during his first spell in north London, maintains that Bale will have to display a huge upturn in form in order to have any chance of his season-long loan being turned into a permanent deal next summer.

He continued: “Do you think there’s a point in the season where he could become a distraction? They have to make a decision. It’s a year loan and if it continues like this what do Spurs do? Send him back to Madrid or keep him?

“So for me how long are they going to give him and how long are the fans going to give him before they go ‘listen, we can’t keep waiting on him to come back… [Steven] Bergwijn needs to be playing and Lucas Moura need to be playing.

“It’s kind of a strange one, but at the minute the signs don’t look great.”

Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:09:29 +0000

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