Gareth Bale needs a ‘confidence boost’ from Jose Mourinho, says his former manager Harry Redknapp after a tough start to life back at Tottenham on loan spell from Real Madrid
Harry Redknapp says Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho needs to work on getting the best out of Gareth Bale and attempt to boost his confidence going forward.
The Welshman has struggled to adapt to life back in the Premier League so far this season, scoring one goal in six appearances.
Redknapp who was manager of Bale during his first spell at the club, said the 31-year-old is not the most ‘overconfident’ of players and that Mourinho needs to give him more time.
Jose Mourinho has been unable to get the best out of Gareth Bale since the Welshman’s return
He told Sky Sports as per Football 365: ‘He’s hardly had a chance, to be fair to him. He didn’t play well against Brighton, but who did? He was no worse than anyone else.
‘Gareth can play, again. You’ve got to know him. As great a player as he has been, he was in the top five players in the world when I had him and he went to Real Madrid. He’s not an overconfident person.
‘You’ve got to get into him, tell him how good he is, get him out on the training ground, put a dummy against him, get the worst player you’ve got to defend against him, and keep giving Gareth the ball.
Former manager Harry Redknapp says Bale needs a ‘confidence boost’ from Mourinho
‘Tell him you’re going great, I want to get you going. He can play, he’s a fantastic talent. He’s only 31, he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, has he lost his pace? He’s not had a run yet.
‘If the team was playing well and Kane was on fire, he’s on form with Son, what a forward line that could be. Jose’s a top manager, it’s his job to get the best out of these players. They’re bringing people on in front of Gareth Bale who couldn’t lace his boots.’
Bale’s appearance against Brighton was just his second Premier League start of the season.
The Welshman has just a matter of months left to make his loan-spell a success before he heads back to Real Madrid