Gareth Bale “has to push himself more”, according to Glen Hoddle, who says the Real Madrid loanee’s “mentality” is holding him back at Tottenham.
Bale returned to north London on a season-long loan in the summer transfer window after seven years of unprecedented success in the Spanish capital.
The Welshman won La Liga and became a four-time Champions League winner at Madrid, while scoring over 100 goals for the club across all competitions.
However, his contribution to the Blancos’ cause began to dwindle somewhat after Zinedine Zidane’s re-appointment as head coach in March 2019, and he only played a bit-part role in the team’s run to domestic glory last season.Spurs supporters hoped that Bale would rediscover his best form in familiar surroundings in north London, but he has so far been unable to make an impact in Jose Mourinho’s set-up.
The 31-year-old has only scored twice in his first 10 appearances across all competitions for the Lilywhites this season, with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son enjoying more prominent roles in the starting XI ahead of him.
Hoddle still believes Bale has the ability to improve Tottenham’s attack, but has urged him to try and get more involved in their build-up play to rebuild his confidence and affect games on a more consistent basis.