Gareth Bale was disillusioned with life at Tottenham because he expected to be allowed to walk into the starting XI. 

That is according to ex-Premier League star Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Bale has dramatically recaptured his form in recent weeks.

After signing on loan from Real Madrid in the summer, Bale has started just three Premier League games, with Jose Mourinho limiting him primarily to substitute appearances and cup competitions.

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But Bale now has four goals and three assists in his last two matches, with six of those goal contributions coming in the games against Wolfsberger and Burnley.

The fact Bale’s goals have come against so-called ‘lesser’ opposition is irrelevant, insists Whelan, and that the Welshman is happy to finally get a run in the side.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Well, there are two ways of looking at. It doesn’t matter who you’re up against, you’ve still got to produce a performance.

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“Sometimes you see players putting in less of a performance against lesser sides and who can’t raise their game. He’s now in a place where we are seeing the best of Gareth Bale again.

“Two goals, a great assist with that pass into Kane and he looks like he’s in a happy place. The only reason he is in a happy place is because he’s playing.

“No player’s ever happy when they’re not playing, especially when you come from a club like Real Madrid to sit on the bench.”

Before the 4-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday, Tottenham had won just one of their last six Premier League matches.

They find themselves 8th in the table, six points outside the top-four with a game in hand on six of the seven teams above them.

In other news, an expert has assessed Tottenham’s finances amid fears the club could fail FFP.