Gareth Bale has looked rejuvenated in recent matches and could be the one to turn the tide for Tottenham and the embattled Jose Mourinho.
That is according to ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Bale’s encouraging performance off the bench against West Ham on Sunday.
Spurs were beaten 2-1 but Bale looked a threat when introduced in the second half, taking the corner for Lucas Moura’s headed goal and clipping the bar with a volley.
The on-loan Real Madrid winger also made five successful dribbles and three progressive runs (Wyscout).
Whelan thinks Bale, who has made just two league starts in his second spell at Tottenham, could be the one to help turn their season around.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think a positive for Mourinho was Gareth Bale’s performance when he came on.
“I think again, we see a really good player there who has been chomping at the bit, ready to start for Tottenham.
“But we’ve only just started to see that quality. The last two games, I felt that he’s really started pushing. If you play him, I think results might begin to swing in his favour.
“But defensively they’re really poor, they switch off and that’s what’s letting them down. That’s usually Jose Mourinho’s top quality, that defensive side of the game and that organisation.”
The defeat at the London Stadium moved West Ham into the top-four and left Spurs struggling in 9th place, nine points off the Champions League places.
Jose Mourinho will be hoping that he has credit in the bank for guiding Spurs to the League Cup final where they could win their first trophy in 13 years.