Spurs boss Jose Mourinho warned Gareth Bale is facing same problem as Ryan Giggs
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho may have to change Gareth Bale’s position to get the best out of the Wales star, according to former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara reports the Express. Bale is set to make his second start since his return to Tottenham in the Europa League clash against Royal Antwerp tonight (5.55pm). The 31-year-old is yet to score after only returning to action earlier this month.
O’Hara, who played alongside Bale at Tottenham for four years, does not think the winger is yet at full fitness.
However, O’Hara also believes Bale has lost some of the pace he had during his first spell in north London.
The pundit reckons Bale may have to move into a more central role, like fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs did towards the end of his career at Manchester United, for him to showcase his talent.
“I’m glad he’s starting,” O’Hara said on talkSPORT.
“I know Mourinho said he’s still a little bit off it. I don’t know if you’ve watched him, he looks like he’s lost half a yard of pace a little bit.
“I don’t know if you’ve seen him, he just looks like he’s definitely not fit enough yet, and obviously you can get fitness back.
“I know he’s older now but I think he’s going to have to adapt his game because that blistering pace that we used to see of him running down the left and gliding past people, I’m not sure he’s going to get that back.
“I think he’s a little bit like Ryan Giggs, when Ryan Giggs all of a sudden started losing a little bit of pace, he came more inside.
“I don’t know if Gareth Bale is more suited at playing as a No 10 now.”
Mourinho, though, believes Bale is close to getting back to his best ahead of the trip to Belgium.
“Bale is playing and we all have not just a feeling but the data to show that Bale is arriving,” Mourinho said.
“He is working very hard, he is being a great example for everybody. A big guy like him travelled to Burnley, stayed on the bench for 90 minutes, didn’t play for one minute.
“His behaviour as a team guy is incredible, his behaviour as a Tottenham guy is remarkable and he is coming. I can see just with my eyes but then scientific data is also coming and he is working very, very well.
“He is improving, improving a lot and I think [Thursday] already we can see Gareth at a good level and hopefully he can fly because he is working very hard.”