Gareth Bale suggestion dismissed by Mourinho despite "crucial moment" admission

Jose Mourinho has ruled out Gareth Bale replacing Harry Kane as the focal point of Tottenham ’s attack.

The Spurs boss is facing a stint without his leading marksman after the England captain picked up an ankle injury in Thursday night’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Kane was substituted at half-time with the ankle issues picked up in the first half after a couple of challenges.

Speaking post-game, Mourinho indicated that he expects to be without Kane for “a few weeks” although there are worries he could be out until March.

Carlos Vinicius has deputised for Kane in cup competitions when he has been rested this season and the on-loan Benfica man looks the natural fit to replace him while he’s on the sidelines.

But another option, potentially, could be starting Welsh superstar Bale through the middle.

The 31-year-old has struggled to show anything like his best since returning to the club on loan from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

But when asked about the possibility of giving Bale – who has made just five league appearances so far – minutes through the middle as the side’s No.9, Mourinho dismissed them immediately.

"I don’t think [Gareth] is a striker, I don’t think he likes to play as a striker," declared Mourinho.

"It was something that we spoke when he joined us, he was very objective with me, by saying he doesn’t feel he is a left winger like he was before, he doesn’t feel like he is a No.10 like he was before, too.

"The position that he likes to play is the position where we are playing him every minute we give him, which is the right side of the attack.

"So when Gareth plays, starting or coming from the bench, that’s his position in our game."

Bale has completed 90 minutes just once since arriving, in Monday’s FA Cup win over Wycombe.

Asked if Bale can make a difference for Spurs in the coming weeks and months, Mourinho added: “Yes, I hope so.

"He didn’t play much, he played 15 mins with the team losing 3-1 and at that moment, of course, Liverpool comfortable and controlling the game.

"But he played 90 mins in the FA Cup. Of course that for him is a big impact, to play 90 minutes. So today impossible to be fresh to play a lot

"But is a crucial moment for him, he is feeling better and better.

“And of course when you lose a player of Harry’s quality and dimension, the other guys have to step up.

And hopefully he can help us."

Spurs meet Brighton on Sunday in their next Premier League fixture.

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