Tottenham: How can Bale problem be resolved?
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Gareth Bale has wound Gary Neville up “all season” for his attitude while sitting on the bench for Tottenham, but Danny Mills can’t understand why. Bale’s return to Tottenham last season was largely met with excitement from Spurs fans hoping to see the winger get back to his best form.
It hasn’t worked out as of yet for the Wales international though with Jose Mourinho refusing to give Bale regular minutes.
The 31-year-old has only started two Premier League games and has been an unused substitute on eight occasions.
Cameras have often panned to Bale sitting on the bench, particularly when Mourinho has used all three of his substitutes without calling upon the Real Madrid loanee.
And Neville said earlier this week that he has been angered by Bale’s demeanour while sat on the bench, stating the winger gives off the wrong signals with his attitude.
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“Gareth Bale’s wound me up all season, just watching him smile on the bench,” Neville said.
Mills accepts that Bale’s performances have been subpar at best when called upon,
However, he doesn’t feel the same way as Neville, insisting the days of being “ultra-serious” on the bench are long gone.
“You’re on the bench, what do you want him to do? Cry? Be miserable?” Mills told Football Insider.
“Everyone would then say ‘he’s not happy, look at his body language – it’s not good – he’s causing problems.’
“What are you supposed to do? You’re sat in the stand, watching the game. One of the lads says something funny, what are you going to do? Not laugh? He can’t have a smile at some point?
“I don’t always buy into that. His performances haven’t been great and they need to improve, that’s for definite.
“I don’t think you can pay an awful lot of attention to his body language when he’s sat in the stands.
“This is not the Roy Keane, Gary Neville days when it was ultra-serious and if you were caught smiling it meant you didn’t care.
“Players want to play first and foremost if they’re not they’re not happy but it doesn’t mean they have to walk around with a sour face on 24/7.”
Bale has been given opportunities in Europe to try and build up some momentum and he started Tottenham’s Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against Wolfsberger.
And he showed glimpses of his best form as he bagged a goal and assist with Tottenham running out 4-1 winners.
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