Noel Whelan has claimed Jose Mourinho has had to “eat humble pie” to get Dele Alli and Gareth Bale back onside at Tottenham.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there were clear problems between the Portuguese boss and the attacking pair that appear to have been resolved.

Both Alli and Bale have begun to feature more regularly in recent weeks after struggling for game time earlier in the season.

Tottenham players Dele Alli and Gareth Bale

Both have featured regularly in the Europa League, while the Wales international has started the last three Premier League games.

Whelan has admitted he has seen a complete change in Bale’s body language and suggested Mourinho may have had to swallow his pride to get the pair back to their best.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You can see Bale’s body language is completely different. Every player wants to play, that’s the problem.

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“It did seem there was a bit of an issue between manager and player. We didn’t know what the relationship was like. Everyone was questioning why he’d brought Gareth Bale in if he’s not going to play him.

I guess now you know you see the benefits. It seems people have made up a little bit.  You can see a happier Tottenham camp, even with Dele Alli in the mix as well. 

“Tottenham look stronger with Dele Alli and Gareth Bale in their squad and turning out.

“Sometimes you’ve got to eat humble pie to get the best out of players. You’ve got to find that relationship and a happy medium. It looks like they’ve found that now.”

In other news, Eric Dier must prepare for the Dele Alli treatment at Tottenham, claims Gabby Agbonlahor.