Jamie O’Hará has delivered a criticism of Tottenham star Gareth Bale, starting that he’s often on the “fringes” whenever he’s on the pitch.
His status as a Spurs cult hero was secured during his first spell at the cub, but he returned to the North London in the summer on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Bale has though scored just three goals in 12 games across all competitions this campaign.
The 31-year-old is a left-footed attacker that has had a stop-start season due to injuries, but even when fit manager Jose Mourinho has been reluctant to use him regularly.
His right-winger position looks wide open in the XI and yet he’s finding minutes difficult.
O’Hara has made it clear he’s not impressed by the Welshman’s performances this season:
“He’s come back a different player, but you can still have the hunger and still have the desire to get in the side, and make things happen,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“When he comes on and when he plays, he’s just on the fringes of the game. He doesn’t do anything where I’m like ‘he’s got something to offer’.
“He doesn’t look the same to me. You can lose your pace and you can lose your sharpness, but you can’t lose your effort.”
Whether Bale can get back to anywhere near his best remains to be seen, but Spurs fans would be right to be a little disappointed with what they’ve seen from him so far this season.
He is understandably looking a yard off the pace still, something which really shows in the fast-paced Premier League.
It looks like the Europa League will be his competition to try shine in the second half of the season and perhaps he just needs one big individual moment to really spark him back into life, as fans are willing him on to be a success second time around.