Gareth Bale needs to prove his legs haven’t gone to remain in Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham plans.
That the view of former Spurs defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 31-year-old had to contribute at both ends of the pitch week in, week out.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Spurs’ 4-0 win over Burnley, Mourinho suggested Bale would not be able to play twice a week and claimed he would have to manage the winger’s fitness “day by day”.
The Wales international scored twice and set up another against the Clarets, while he also netted in both legs versus Wolfsberger.
However, he has struggled to put together a run of games since returning to Spurs and has just three league starts under his belt this term.
Hutton suggested Mourinho now wants to see Bale deliver all-round performances every week, especially when it comes to the “big games.”
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think what Mourinho’s referring to is when they play the bigger teams.
“Has he got it in his legs to give that going forward but also work going back. We know, really, Mourinho wants to be defensively sound. We just have to look at all the big games that they play.
“Can he give him the defensive side as well as the attacking side as well? I think that is probably the next stage for Bale and whether he can do that, whether his legs have gone. It’ll be interesting to see.
“He’s going to have to probably prove to Mourinho he can handle that in the big games. I don’t mean his attacking talent, because we know he’s got.
“I mean the full 90 minutes, the defensive side of it. If he can do that, then I’m sure he’ll be in Mourinho’s plans.”
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