Tony Cascarino has told The Times that Jose Mourinho should start utilising Gareth Bale on a more frequent basis, following his latest cameo performance against West Ham.
The Wales international stepped off the bench at half-time and registered an assist for Lucas Moura’s goal during the London derby.
That came on the back of a goal and an assist in last week’s Europa League clash with Wolfsberger.
Bale looks to be getting up to speed and Cascarino believes regular football shouldn’t be too far away.
He told The Times: “I was one of those people who were critical of Gareth Bale when he arrived at Tottenham. He appeared to be putting in little effort to get fit and play. Now though, he looks ready and Jose Mourinho has to play him.
“Against West Ham was the first time I saw something in Bale that suggested he still has what it takes. There were flashes that proved he can turn his and Tottenham’s season around but he needs a regular run of starts.
“For Mourinho not to play him now would be negligent on his part. The head coach has to start making some promises to the player that will be given his chance between now and the end of the season.”
TBR View: Time for Mourinho to call on Bale
The Tottenham boss has been known to show stubbornness over certain players in the past – but now is the time to start giving Bale the game time he deserves.
Signed on loan from Real Madrid plenty of supporters expected him to take the league by storm. Having not played much football in 12 months at the Bernabeu, that was always going to be ambitious.
Now, the 31-year-old looks revived and ready to kick-start his second coming at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Cascarino is right when he says that making cameo appearances is no good for Bale and that he needs to be starting more frequently.
The man with 87-caps for his country is box office at his very best and the only way he will hit those heights is by playing regular first-team football.
Mourinho must act and give the on-loan star the chance he is deserving of.