Coleman backs ‘world class’ Bale to come good at Tottenham
Chris Coleman backs Tottenham winger Gareth Bale to rediscover his best form under Jose Mourinho and “wouldn’t write him off” yet.
Bale is one Tottenham player who has been out of form this season, with the Wales international failing to make an impact since his high-profile loan move from Real Madrid.
Bale has only made two Premier League starts for Spurs this term with recent reports that his ‘application is being questioned by Tottenham’.
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“He’s been out for a long time and he’s finding it hard to get back in and get his rhythm,” Coleman said on Sky Sports.
“We all know what a world-class player he is. He can win a game, he can score a goal from nothing, he’s got a last pass.
“But when I’m watching him now it looks like he’s always on his first game back after an injury. Obviously, we expected him to be in the flow of it by now but he clearly isn’t.
“He’s only 31 so I wouldn’t write him off. I don’t know what’s happened at Tottenham but knowing Gareth, he’s a very serious boy about his football and he loves playing football.
“I’ve heard comments that maybe he’ll be happy to be on the bench. He won’t be happy on the bench – not the Gareth Bale that I know.
“He will very much want to be in the heart of it and if he’s not quite there yet, he’s either not ready physically or maybe mentally there’s a lack of confidence.”
Coleman added: “Whatever game plan I had, he would want to know about that. We would have meetings and he was very vocal. He would like to understand what the plan was and what everybody’s role was.
“I can’t talk about what he’s like at Madrid or Tottenham, I can only say what he was like with Wales and as a person.
“He’s really serious about his football and he doesn’t want to be treated any differently. He was right in the middle of it with everybody. Even when he wasn’t fit, he was there, in amongst it.”
When asked if he needs an arm round the shoulder from Mourinho, Coleman continued: “I think most players need love.
“Maybe it is a confidence thing. You have to remember the Premier League is tougher than LaLiga, week-in, week-out. The intensity is different, the physicality is different.
“Maybe he hasn’t found that yet. Maybe if he had two, three or four games, we would see something different.
“But he’s not getting that because he’s obviously not back at the level where we expected him to be.”