It’s been a funny season for Gareth Bale at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Spurs legend returned to North London after agreeing a season-long loan from Real Madrid this past summer.
But his comeback hasn’t proved to be the fairytale that it looked like being back in September.
Since arriving, Bale has only managed 160 minutes of Premier League football and is firmly a fringe player under Jose Mourinho, often being used in the lesser games.
The 31-year-old was on target in the Lilywhites’ FA Cup win away to Wycombe Wanderers on Monday night.
And although goalkeeeper Joe Hart – who also joined Tottenham during the summer – has admitted that it’s a ‘project’ with Bale, he has revealed that there’s no sign of any rust in training at Hotspur Way.
He told Goal.com: “We always knew it was going to be a project with him and he fully understands that. He’s here to help the team win and he’s demonstrated that on the pitch and on a few other occasions. He’s also doing it behind the scenes.
“Gaz’s obviously had his injuries but he knows how to look after himself and when he’s fit he’s going to help our team.”
Bale will have been thankful to get his goal on Monday but, really, he didn’t sign for Tottenham to be a bit-part player and only make Mourinho’s first XI when victory is all but guaranteed prior to a ball even being kicked.
Mourinho’s side host Liverpool on Thursday night in what might be the club’s biggest game of the season and it’ll be interesting to see whether the Portuguese trusts the Real attacker to start.
But going by his usage of Bale in Premier League games so far, it seems so very doubtful.