Gareth Bale’s upturn in form proves that “stubborn” Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho needs to completely reevaluate his managerial approach.
That is according to ex-Premier League star Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively with Football Insider amid the Welshman’s recent resurgence in form for Spurs.
Bale now has seven goal contributions — four goals and three assists — in his last four matches for Tottenham.
In his first 16 matches this season, the on-loan Real Madrid man scored four goals and registered one assist, with Mourinho using him only sparingly.
Whelan insists that this proves Mourinho was wrong to limit Bale to substitute appearances and that the manager needs to switch up his management style.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Bale I think should have been in the team straight away when he came from Real Madrid in order to get that continuity and trust from the manager.
“He’s a game-winner and we know what quality he possesses and he’s gone out and shown that.
“We’ve seen it with Dele Alli also. They look a stronger squad with these two guys in it. You’d be more fearful seeing Gareth Bale out there than Bergwijn. Their squad looks massive with those guys being there and not being used.
“Sometimes stubbornness can get the better of somebody. Be a great manager but be a great man-manager too. You’ve got to manage these players right.
“If you’re going to get the best out of these players and get them on your side, you’ve got to use them, you’ve got to treat them right, you’ve got to give them that pat on the back when needed. It’s all about man-management these days.”
Bale has started just three times in the league for Spurs after joining from Real Madrid in September.
Spurs agreed to pay around £20million in wages and loan fees for his services, according to Sky Sports.