Former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale is under pressure at Real Madrid.
Former Tottenham Hotspur hero Gareth Bale is under pressure at Real Madrid following a number of average performances this season.
The Welsh international had a stunning debut campaign in Spanish capital, scoring in both the Copa Del Rey final and the Champions League final.
This season, however, the former Southampton youth prodigy has failed to repeat such heights as Carlo Ancelotti’s men make a stuttering start to the season.
Los Blancos have already been beaten twice in La Liga, whereas their intentions of lifting six trophies this season has already failed following the Spanish Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Despite Bale scoring four goals in six La Liga matches, his displays against the likes of Villarreal, Cordoba and Atletico Madrid have not convinced the demanding Santiago Bernabeu faithful.
Ahead of Real Madrid’s home clash with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, Spanish publication Marca opened a poll asking whether the 25-year-old should be relegated to the bench.
With more than 11,000 participants placing their votes, 63.2% as of yet have voted in favour of boss Carlo Ancelotti dropping Bale with presumably James Rodriguez taking his place in the starting XI.
Whilst the flying winger has still made a positive impact this season, the reported world record £85.3 million signing from Spurs is always going to be compared with teammate Cristiano Ronaldo due to his huge price-tag.
The challenging Madrid support have always been vocal of both their appreciation as well as their displeasure, and Bale will have to remain mentally strong if he wishes to overcome such heavy demands.