By Frank McAvennie

16th Dec, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Genius from Mourinho' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to early Spurs team news pre-Liverpool

The signing of Gareth Bale has given Tottenham a “kick up the backside” this season, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former West Ham striker said the decision to sign the 31-year-old was “genius” despite the fact he looks set to miss out on tonight’s clash against Liverpool due to injury.

Bale joined Spurs on a season-long loan deal in September but has started just one Premier League game in his second spell at the north London club.

Jose Mourinho revealed yesterday that the winger is “struggling” in a race to be fit for tonight’s top-of-the-table clash at Anfield having missed training on Monday.

A win would see Spurs move three points clear of last season’s Premier League champions at the summit of the table.

When asked by Football Insider if Bale’s absence would be a big blow to Jose Mourinho’s side, McAvennie said: “Bale has not been playing, it has not happened for him.

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“Spurs are paying a lot of money to bring him over but I still think it is a wondrous move.

“Him just being there has given the other boys the kick up the backside they needed. It might have been the push the whole team has needed.

“Even though he is not fit it might be a genius move from Mourinho. Only time will tell but they are challengers going into this Liverpool game. They deserve that title.”  

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