Jamie Carragher believes that Tottenham need more from summer signing Gareth Bale if they want to be in the mix for the Premier League title this season.
Bale, 31, rejoined Spurs in the summer on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid and returned to the club that he made his name as a world star.
Despite all the excitement around the return of the left-footed attacker, he’s not managed to anywhere near to gear yet and he’s scored just three goals in 11 games across all competitions so far this campaign.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has mainly used the Wales international during the club’s Europa League competition, with the duo of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son leading the charge domestically for the North London club.
Carragher has insisted that Bale needs to improve, albeit right now he’s missing through a calf injury.
“They need more from Gareth Bale to think beyond a top-four place. Bale has barely figured since his return and is injured again. After several years of complaints about unfair treatment from Real Madrid, we are yet to see the evidence that Zinedine Zidane was wrong,” Carragher told the Telegraph.
Spurs have slipped down to seventh in the Premier League standings despite sitting top of the pile a few weeks ago, but a win in their game in hand would take them just four points off the leaders.
They are a team with so much attacking firepower with the in-form duo of Kane and Son, but it’s up to the likes of Bale, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela to try ease the load.
It looks like the right-winger position in the Spurs XI is still up for grabs, but Bale has not managed to make that position his own this season like so many predicted when he returned.