Gabriel Agbonlahor has admitted he feels sorry for Tottenham “panic buy” Gareth Bale and fears he will now be bombed out by Jose Mourinho.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed the Welshman’s season-long loan from Real Madrid is starting to look like a waste of money.
Bale was handed just his second Premier League start of the season in Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday but was substituted after an hour.
Sky Sports reported back in September that the north London club will pay around £20million in loan fees and wages to Real for the services of Bale for the season.
“I actually feel sorry for Gareth Bale,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“He’s had an amazing career, a tremendous career.
“But there was a funny thing that Paul Lambert once said to Nathan Delfouneso at a half-time, he said ‘You were everywhere the ball wasn’t’. That was how Bale played against Brighton.
“He looked like he didn’t want the ball at times and it was just sad to watch such a great player play like that.
“His confidence looks shot. Every pass he made he gave it away and it was inevitable that he was going to be brought off.
“Funnily enough, when he did come off he looked like he was ready to run off the pitch.
“It’s a shame it’s come to that and I don’t see him getting any more game time under Jose Mourinho. That could be it. Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura will get their chance now.
“Jose Mourinho is probably thinking to himself ‘maybe it was a panic buy’ and I said it when Bale came in.
“When Spurs look at the end of the season in what they paid in wages they’re going to look back and thinking ‘We’ve just paid all that money in wages for him not to give us anything.’”
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