Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly beginning to lose patience with forward Gareth Bale, the player having endured an underwhelming return to the club.
After a turbulent and toxic few years at parent club Real Madrid, the Wales international made his much-anticipated return to Spurs in the summer, on an initial one-year loan deal.
The 32-year-old’s first spell at the club had seen him emerge from struggling left-back, to genuine superstar forward, with his last season, in particular, seeing him set the Premier League alight and earn a move to the Bernabeu.
While no one predicted that he would be able to reach his former heights, there can be no denying that his return to England has been a major disappointment, with the four-time Champions League winner struggling for game time.
He may not have been afforded many minutes by manager Jose Mourinho, but when he has played he has looked well below his best, his recent display against Brighton illustrating his inability to make an impact.
According to the Mail, ‘patience is wearing thin’ at the club, with Mourinho and his staff having doubts over the player’s ‘appetite’.
🗣"I'm doing my best, he is doing his best, everyone is doing the best"
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho explains Gareth Bales' absence from the side and why he didn't come on from the bench pic.twitter.com/nLQcTwQAuj
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 5, 2021
This news comes after the player was just an unused substitute in Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea on Thursday, with Mourinho opting not to bring on the Welshman despite the team’s struggles and the lack of attacking options with Harry Kane on the sidelines.
The winger has made just six league appearances, with four of those coming off the bench, the player mostly featuring in cup competitions.
While he still has time to make an impact, particularly with the club still fighting on four fronts, there is a feeling that he hasn’t been ‘value for money’, with the club forking out roughly £250,000 of his staggering £600,000-a-week wage to bring him back to North London.
In truth, Mourinho’s men have bigger concerns than Bale at the minute, with their recent sluggish form seeing them slip to eighth in the table and 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.