Gareth Bale has reached a turning point and Tottenham fans can expect to see him command a regular starting XI spot from now on.
That is according to ex-Spurs right-back Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid the 31-year-old Welshman’s impressive run of form.
Bale scored twice and assisted another in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday and looks to have found form at a time when Jose Mourinho’s side were struggling.
The on-loan Real Madrid man has started just three league matches all season but now has five goal contributions in his last three matches for 8th-place Spurs.
Hutton was emphatic in his praise of his former teammate, claiming we may be about to witness Bale’s “world-class” talent in the Premier League once more.
He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “This is what we’ve been waiting for. We all know that technically he’s up there with the best. Yes, he might have lost a yard of pace which is normal at his age, but that doesn’t make him a bad player.
“He’s very high quality. I think we’ve been waiting for him to burst onto the scene and do something. I think in the game against Wolfsberger he was excellent, he set up a goal and scored a magnificent goal with that cutback. That was the Gareth Bale of old: world-class.
“Mourinho took him off to save his legs so I thought he would have started against West Ham because he was in good form. But he came on at half-time and really changed the game.
“He looked direct, he looked menacing, trying to make things happen. And now he’s done the same against Burnley today. Surely now he has to start playing every match.
“That’s what we’ve been expecting from him. Hopefully, this can be a turning point.”
This is Bale’s second spell with Tottenham after leaving North London for Real Madrid in 2013.
He played 251 times in the Spanish capital, scoring 105 goals and registering 68 assists.