Jose Mourinho blamed for Gareth Bale’s Tottenham woes in damning assessment

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Jose Mourinho is at fault for Gareth Bale's nightmare spell at the club.

There was a great deal of fanfare when the 31-year-old forward rejoined his ex-team on a season-long loan spell from Real Madrid over the summer.

But so far it has been a huge disappointment, and Bale has made just two starts in the Premier League and has yet to complete a full 90 minutes.

Speaking in an interview with Gambling.com , Robinson stated his belief that Mourinho is to blame for Bale's ineffective performances for not giving the Welsh star a run of fixtures in which to build up fitness.

He said: “It’s a strange one. He’s so far down the pecking order. Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela all seem to be ahead of him.

“He’s not been given game time which is no fault of his own when he’s fit and able to play. I think he was brought in with a huge loan fee and wages so it surprises me that the club have paid so much for somebody who has played such a little part.

“At the start I thought it was just a case of getting him fit and getting him ready, not wanting him to break down so they could get a full season out of him, but at this stage it just seems like he’s playing a bit-part.

“I don’t think he will be happy with 10 or 20 minutes at the end of a game, or to be an unused sub, he needs a proper run of games because he’s not had that for so long.

“Him sitting on the bench and then coming on for cameo roles every now and then isn’t going to suit a player who has been out for so long.

“If you’re going to utilise him well, then he needs a run of games to get up to 100% match fitness so Spurs can get the best out of him, and I don’t think they’re getting the best out of him using him the way they are at the moment.”

Bale may well be handed a rare place in the starting line-up when Spurs resume their Europa League campaign with a last-32 tie against Austrian side Wolfsberger on Thursday.

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