Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed Tottenham winger Gareth Bale does not work hard enough to warrant a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker suggested the Welshman will not feature for Spurs against the bigger teams.

Bale was left on the bench against both Chelsea and Arsenal in Tottenham’s last two Premier League games.


Since his arrival back in north London, the 31-year-old has been limited to one league start among three appearances in the competition against West Ham, Brighton and West Brom.

And Agbonlahor has insisted that he will only feature against sides of a similar calibre.

He told Football Insider: “Clubs now that have top, top managers if you don’t have the work rate then you don’t play.

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“Jose Mourinho is that manager. He’s got his way of playing now, if you can’t cover a certain amount of distance, if you can’t do the high-intensity tracking back, you’re not going to play in certain games.

“Maybe that’s something Jose Mourinho has seen in Bale since he joined the club that he can’t get back and defend at the same level of Steven Bergwijn. Maybe that’s why Bergwijn is playing.

“I’m sure if it’s a game like a Burnley or a Sheffield United Gareth Bale will start because Mourinho will think he doesn’t have to get back and work as hard as much as in the bigger games.

“What would be frustrating for me if I was Gareth Bale is when he is ever going to play a big game for Spurs? He didn’t even come on against Arsenal.

“Whenever Spurs play Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Leicester City, I can’t see Gareth Bale playing. That must be frustrating for Bale.

“It shows that Jose Mourinho is a very, very big manager because other managers would just play Bale because of his name and what he’s done in his career. They’d find a way to fit him in.”

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