Former Wales boss Chris Coleman thinks Gareth Bale’s confidence is low, and thinks the Spurs man needs a run of games in the side.
Coleman has warned against writing off the 31-year-old despite his lack of form for Tottenham.
Bale arrived back at Spurs in the summer on season-long loan from Real Madrid, seven years after he left for the Bernabeu.
His return was met with much fanfare, but his performances have been disappointing and his game time limited.
Bale has one goal in six Premier League appearances, but just two of those have been starts. The attacker has struggled to get to grips with the Premier League and was replaced after an hour in a disappointing recent run-out against Brighton.
He has been an unused sub ever since and Coleman thinks the Wales star’s confidence has taken a hit.
“He’s been out for a long time and he’s finding it hard to get back in and get his rhythm,” Coleman told Sky Sports’
“We all know what a world-class player he is. He can win a game, he can score a goal from nothing, he’s got a last pass.
“He’s only 31 so I wouldn’t write him off. I don’t know what’s happened at Tottenham but knowing Gareth, he’s a very serious boy about his football and he loves playing football.
“I’ve heard comments that maybe he’ll be happy to be on the bench. He won’t be happy on the bench – not the Gareth Bale that I know.