Glenn Hoddle has urged Gareth Bale to do more to earn a regular starting place under Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Welshman rejoined Spurs this summer after he had spent seven years in Spain with Real Madrid. He scored 105 goals in 251 appearances for Madrid, but a falling out with Zinedine Zidane led to his departure.
Tottenham signed Bale on a season-long loan deal in September. But he has not come close to replicating the form he showed in his first spell at the club so far.
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Bale has made 12 appearances for Spurs in all competitions and he has three goals. He has started in all six of their Europa League group stage games.
Yet the 31-year-old has only started once in the Premier League. His last appearance in the top flight for Spurs came off the bench in their 2-0 loss to Leicester City in December.
Hoddle told talkSPORT that Bale’s second spell at Tottenham has been “stop-start” so far:
“I’m disappointed that he hasn’t had enough opportunities, but to get the opportunities he has to earn it. Bale came on against Brighton and scored the header that got them the three points.
“He affected the game there but it’s been stop-start for him.
“He just looks a bit tentative to me and looks like he’s not prepared to put a good sprint in like we know he can do.
“He’s not going to be like yesteryear but he’s got to put his foot in a bit more when he goes to beat people. He just looks a bit fragile.
“It may be a mental thing but [hopefully] he can break through and contribute for Tottenham in a big way this season.
“He’s just got to get on the pitch to do it and at the moment it seems Jose’s reluctant to give him any minutes.”