Tottenham were back at their best on Sunday
Gareth Bale appears to be back to his best, but Jamie O’Hara believes he won’t be able to play every game if Tottenham are to be successful this season.
While O’Hara believes his former club have left themselves with too great task when it comes to qualifying for next season’s Champions League, he is confident that they can go on and win this season’s Europa League.
Bale has failed to live up to the hype since arriving for his second spell in September, but his double in Sunday’s 4-0 win against Burnley took him to four goals in his last four games.
O’Hara, who made 56 appearances during his time at White Hart Lane, says Jose Mourinho will have to pick and choose when to play the 31-year-old in order to keep him fit.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I think the question now is ‘Where do you play your best team?’
“I don’t think they can get in the top four, because I think they’re too far off it now, and I think they’ve let that slip too much.
“But they could win the Europa League, so all of a sudden you have to pick and choose where you start your best side, because you can’t keep playing Bale every week, game after game, because he will break down, so you have to keep him fit.
“You just have to make that decision now, where you put his minutes in.”
On their chances of winning the Europa League, O’Hara added: “I think they can win it, I genuinely do.
“If they play like all of a sudden they’re playing and then all of a sudden you’ve got Gareth Bale who’s firing on all cylinders, you’ve got (Harry) Kane, you’ve got Son, you’ve got Dele Alli who’s going to be fresh for Europa League games, then of course, they’re going to cause so many problems.
“I think now it’s just about keeping Bale fit at 100% and hungry, and picking and choosing that eleven at the right moment.
“Apart from Dele Alli, who I think deserves to start in the Premier League, I think that eleven yesterday for Spurs is their best team.”