Tottenham attacker Gareth Bale “looked like one of the world’s best” in the win against Burnley, according to Paul Robinson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one questioned why it has taken the 31-year-old so long to reach the levels shown on Sunday.

Bale contributed two goals and an assist in a 4-0 demolition of Burnley, as Jose Mourinho’s side climbed to eighth in the Premier League table.

The Wales international has been heavily criticised by punditsjournalists and his own manager at times during his second spell at Spurs.

However, the winger, on loan from Real Madrid, appears to have turned a corner with four goals and three assists in his last four games across all competitions.

When asked why it has taken so long for Spurs to see an in-form Bale, Robinson told Football Insider:  Is it Mourinho’s fault that it’s taken this long?

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“Should he have played him more? Why hasn’t he played?

“You could ask all of these questions but on the flip-side it could have taken a bit of time to get back to full fitness because he has not played regularly for three seasons. You cannot expect somebody to come and play cameos and be outstanding.

“You could argue that Jose has played it perfectly by giving him game time here and there to get him to a level where the manager knows that he can deliver from the start. Against Burnley he looked fit, sharp and strong.

“We will never know whether that was always the plan or whether he could he produced these kind of displays earlier in the season had Mourinho had played him more regularly.

“Looking at the here and now though, he looked like one of the world’s best players again.” 

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