Gareth Bale, who is on loan from Real Madrid, experienced a staggered start to his life at Tottenham Hotspur after failing to make an impact with the first team. Now, the conviction about the Welsh man is starting to change after a few good performances in recent weeks.
It all started with an impressive display against Wolfsberger in the Europa League’s round of 32 first leg – where he scored a goal – and he put on a similar performance against West Ham the following week. Although Spurs lost the game, Bale’s performance as a super substitute was talked about a lot as he set up Lucas Moura’s goal and almost scored a cracking goal, with his long-range effort finding the woodwork.
The Welshman’s good run of form was testified once again in the second leg against Wolfsberger days ago.
Bale’s trajectory at Spurs is similar to Tanguy Ndombele, who initially struggled due to fitness issues but later bedded in well under Jose Mourinho.
The French midfielder had a disastrous debut season after his much-anticipated move from Lyon in the summer of 2019. But now, he has been cited as a key cog in the midfield after a string of impressive performances.
The reason behind the Frenchman’s upturn turns out to be the ability to learn from his mistakes and more importantly, improving the physical condition.
Bale has already spent considerable time on the sidelines at Spurs due to injury concerns and he needs to look up to Ndombele to unlock his full potential.
Furthermore, Mourinho can get the best out of Madrid-bound winger by reducing his defensive responsibilities.
It was evident during the second display against Hammers last week when Spurs’ attackers spent more time in the opposition half and thus they looked more threatening.