Frank McAvennie has suggested that Gareth Bale is not interested in playing for Tottenham Hotspur anymore.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former West Ham United, Celtic and Aston Villa striker has claimed that something is not right with the man currently on loan from Real Madrid:
“I think he’s enjoying being out of the golf course rather than on the football field at the moment!
“Money is not a problem for him. He obviously doesn’t have the hunger and desire.
“Mourinho has brought him over and given him a chance. He must be saying ‘I’m paying your wages and you’re not doing anything for me’.
“Listen, I know they sold a lot of jerseys through it but the money they’re paying him and the performances they’re getting – there are places in that team for him and players in there where you go ‘at 60 per cent, Bale’s better than you’ and he’s not getting in.
“There’s something not right, whether it be the appetite and hunger and he’s got so much money he doesn’t care anymore.
“He must have fallen out of love with the game. I don’t get it. With Wales, he turns it on a wee bit. It’s a strange one.”
Bale not worked out at Spurs
Bale’s move back to Spurs has not quite worked out as many fans of the North London club had hoped.
The Wales international, currently valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, has only managed to score a mere five goals and make two assists in just 18 games played in over all competitions in total so far in the 2020/21 term, as he has only completed the full 90 minutes on one occasion (Transfermarkt).
Should Spurs start Bale?
The fact that Jose Mourinho has hardly played him may hint at McAvennie’s claim that Bale has become uninterested, as the 31-year-old is perhaps wondering as to whether he will ever get a consistent run of games in the starting eleven.
In his first spell at the Lilywhites, Bale quickly became a fan favourite, scoring no fewer than 56 times and supplying a further 58 assists in 203 matches in total over all competitions across six consecutive seasons (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, the winger looks a shadow of his former self, and will no doubt have to improve on his performances if he has any ambition of making a permanent move back to the Lilywhites.
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