Tottenham: Mourinho gives team news for West Brom clash
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho made it clear to Daniel Levy he wanted a centre-back instead of Gareth Bale back in the summer transfer window, according to reports. The Wales international has struggled since returning to north London from Real Madrid back in the summer. And whether he’s involved against West Brom today remains to be seen.
Tottenham thought they were onto a winner when they re-signed Bale back in the summer.
Despite the 31-year-old falling down the pecking order over at Real Madrid, Levy believed he was the ticket to winning the Premier League title.
When Tottenham signed Bale, fans were buzzing. Many turned up at the club’s training ground to get a glimpse of their returning hero, who signed on the same day as Sergio Reguilon.
But the Irish Independent say Mourinho didn’t want the veteran back.
Instead, he told Levy he wanted a centre-back. But the Tottenham supremo, sensing an opportunity, decided to do a deal with Madrid instead.
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Fast forward to now and that looks to have been the wrong decision.
Bale’s career continues to regress, with the 31-year-old making just six Premier League appearances this term.
Mourinho appears to be running out of patience with the former Southampton star and, after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday, refused to give an answer as to why he was barely playing.
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Reports have suggested Spurs are worried about Bale’s attitude and mindset at the current moment in time.
And whether he can kick on and prove he’s still got the magic of old remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has cranked up the heat on Tottenham’s misfiring forwards ahead of their match with West Brom.
With Harry Kane injured, the club have struggled to find the net.
And Mourinho wants the likes of Bale, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min to step up, saying: “It’s always the old story.
“A team is not a player. A team cannot depend on a player. Other players they have to step up.
“That’s the reality of things. But there are players that are special players in different teams.
“Even the biggest teams in the world, when Player X is not there, they miss him. We can have many examples of what these players mean for certain clubs, and for certain teams.
“And for sure Harry is very important for us. He leads. He creates. He has dynamics of closed eyes with Sonny for example. But of course, other guys they have to step up to be honest.
“(Carlos) Vinicius tried his best against Chelsea, he couldn’t score his goal. I’m happy with him, period, I don’t want to say much more. I’m happy with his effort.”
Tottenham recently lost 1-0 to Brighton at the Amex Stadium and, speaking after that game, Graeme Souness was critical of both Bale’s performance and attitude.
“I’m looking at him – a world-class player,” he said.
“He comes back to the club he professes to love and he looks happy to sit on the bench.
“If he’s not happy with that, and that’s what he was accused of at Real Madrid, be vocal about it and let the Spurs supporters know you’re not happy you’re not getting enough minutes.
“This is a guy who was a genuine world-class footballer – we don’t know if he’s still world-class as we’ve not seen him.
“At 31, this should be his peak years. This should be his best years, coming back to where he’s loved. When the cameras been on him when he’s not coming on, he doesn’t look perturbed at not being the one going on.
“If you don’t do that, people question you. He has to come out publicly and say I’m angry at not playing and get a few banner headlines in the red tops.”
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