Frank McAvennie is baffled why it has taken Gareth Bale so long to get going in his second spell at Tottenham.

The former West Ham and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed “something was not right” with the 31-year-old in the opening half of the season.

Bale scored twice on Sunday night as Spurs climbed to sixth in the Premier League table with a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.

The Wales international has contributed six goals and three assists in his last six games across all competitions, having struggled in the first half of his loan spell from Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho told the BBC “psychological scars” were to blame for Bale’s slow start this season.

When asked for his assessment of the winger’s return to form, McAvennie told Football Insider: “He has taken his time but I think Bale is back.

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“Clearly something was not right with the boy because he has shown us now what he can do.

“It just confuses me. Why would you not want to play every week?

“Listen, he won’t be happy because all of the golf courses are closed in England,” McAvennie joked. “Maybe that is why he has stepped up to the mark!” 

Speaking on Bale, Mourinho told BBC: “I found psychological scars.

“When you have a couple of seasons with lots of injuries I think it is not about the muscular scars but the psychological scars – that brings fears and instability.”

In other news, a top pundit claims Daniel Levy will push for Tottenham to sign Bale permanently on one condition.