Paul Robinson has come to the defence of big-earning Tottenham winger Gareth Bale after his performances were criticised by Roy Keane.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper insisted he was in “no doubt” that Bale will be a “big success this season”.

The 31-year-old made his first Premier League appearance in over a month at the weekend when he replaced Tanguy Ndombele at half-time in Spurs’ 2-0 loss to Leicester City.

After the game, Keane told Sky Sports Premier League (7:21pm, December 20), that he cannot see the Real Madrid loanee refinding his best form in north London.

He added: “I know he’s produced big moments in big moments – but he looks way off it.”

Bale has started just one Premier League game this season – against West Brom but started all of Tottenham’s Europa League group games.

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Robinson has claimed Jose Mourinho’s hand has been forced in his treatment of the winger.

He told Football Insider“I think they have had to bring him in sporadically.

“He got a couple of full games under his belt in Europe and it will take him time to come into that starting 11.

“They are paying a lot of money for his wages this season so I am certain he will be utilised. I have no doubt that he will be a big success this season.”

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Since he re-signed for Spurs in September, Bale has scored twice but is yet to register an assist.

In his first spell in north London, the Cardiff-born ace scored 56 goals and contributed 56 assists in 203 games across all competitions.

In other news, an ex-Spur has claimed a Tottenham star will be fuming with Mourinho after a surprise call.