Kevin Phillips has tipped Gareth Bale to “hit the ground running” if he makes his second Tottenham debut against West Ham on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England striker said the Spurs staff have been blown away by the Welshman’s enthusiasm, quality, and fitness.

This site revealed last week that Bale is set to be named in the squad against the Hammers on Sunday as Mourinho decides whether to pitch him straight into the starting XI.

 

The 31-year-old has not played for Spurs since returning last month after he was recovering from a knee injury.

He is now in full training and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said Bale will “probably” make his second debut against the Hammers.

“There’s a combination of things from my view,” Phillips told Football Insider.

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“He didn’t have to come back to England did he, he could have come back and chosen another club not Tottenham and put himself under pressure because of what happened before.

“That just shows me he’s got the hunger and appetite to come back and show the Tottenham fans what he’s all about and what they’ve been missing after what he showed the season he left.

“He won’t want to let anyone down so he’ll want to try extra hard.

“Reading comments, the staff have been blown away by his enthusiasm, his quality, his fitness. I see him hitting the ground running.

“He’s not that old for me he seems like a naturally fit lad.

“I’m really excited about seeing him with a Tottenham shirt on and I do actually think he’ll hit the ground running, I really hope he does anyway.”

Bale will add to his 205 Tottenham appearances if he plays against West Ham on Sunday.

In his first spell at the club, he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists.

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