Alan Hutton has urged Jose Mourinho to name Gareth Bale among the Tottenham starting XI against LASK on Thursday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender believes his old teammate would benefit greatly from “50 to 60 minutes” as he looks to build up his fitness.
Bale, who has started just one club game since February, made his first appearance since returning to Tottenham against West Ham on Sunday.
Bale’s last start at domestic level came for Real Madrid back in June in what was his final appearance for the Spanish side before his move back to England.
Hutton believes that the Wales international needs as much game time as possible to get back up to speed and that he should be named in Thursday’s side.
“Whether we see him on Thursday in the European game and that’s where he maybe can get 50, 60 minutes into his legs, it’s going to take time,’ Hutton told Football Insider.
“I would start him. Obviously all the talk this week was would he start, not for one minute did I think he would start, I don’t think he could last the time, I think you could tell even the 20 minutes was a lot for him.
“Off the back of that, Mourinho’s going to have to judge it but if it was me personally, if he was fit and he’s ready to go, I would give him 60 minutes, even if it was 50 to 60 minutes, I’d give him it.
“Hopefully they can score a couple of early goals and then we can see the best of him. It’s just about getting minutes in the legs. He will get up to speed eventually but he needs game time, it’s as simple as that.”
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