Lee Hendrie told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (06/02/21 at 1:10 pm) that Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has the body language of someone who is going to ‘put the slippers on’.
In midweek, Bale was an unused substitute as Spurs were beaten by their London rivals in another abject performance from Jose Mourinho’s men.
Only days before, Bale started Tottenham’s defeat to Brighton, where the Welshman was brought off in the second half without having an impact on the match.
Former Aston Villa midfielder Hendrie shared his thoughts on Bale’s body language, when he was brought off during that Brighton encounter, and how ‘something’s not right’.
“This is the sort of thing with Gareth Bale,” said Hendrie. “They said he needs to get fit and he needs to get ready.
“I watched his body language when he came off (against Brighton) and it stood out. I literally watched it over and over. I thought to myself, ‘when someone is bringing you off with 30 minutes to go and there’s no acknowledgement then there’s something not right there’.
“I’d be frustrated. If I am coming off in that game then I would be throwing my jacket and my gloves at Jose, to be honest.
“Look at the way he sits down. It doesn’t faze him, whatsoever. I feel he [Mourinho] is losing that changing room – he [Bale] sat down like he was going to put his slippers on and put the fire on.”
The big problem with Bale, Jose Mourinho and Tottenham is that there doesn’t seem to be any signs that things will get better.
Defeat after defeat is helping no-one’s cause, but it would be a surprise if Bale is donning Tottenham’s shirt again next season.
But then again, given Bale’s record in finals, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he pops up and does the business during Tottenham’s League Cup final showdown against Manchester City in April.