Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is ready to start Gareth Bale in ‘virtually every game’ as the season draws closer to its conclusion, according to a report.
The 31-year-old moved back to Spurs with huge expectation over what he could bring back to his former club.
However, the four-time Champions League winner struggled to recreate his best form soon after signing in September.
Indeed, he arrived with injury and despite appearing regularly in the Europa League group stage, he played in only four of Spurs’ first 19 Premier League games.
Mourinho and Bale have both faced criticism for the manager’s treatment and the winger’s supposed lack of desire.
According to Football Insider, though, Bale’s lack of game time has been part of a long-term plan for Mourinho.
The manager felt previously that Bale could not handle ‘regular, intense football’. However, his matches until February have helped him become accustomed again to the demands of such a role.
As such, Mourinho and his fellow Spurs coaches will drop their ‘softly-softly’ approach and ‘unleash’ him in the final part of the campaign.
The ‘tailored programme’ has led to one source telling Football Insider that Bale is looking “lean, fit and hungry” behind the scenes.
The source added that the winger looks like a “worldbeater” and is ready to be let loose.
Mourinho has Bale, front three belief
Bale has shown signs of returning to his previous best in recent weeks.
The Wales international has scored two goals and assisted two others in five Premier League games. What’s more, he has showed signs of a deadly link-up with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
As such, Football Insider reports that Mourinho believes that Bale, Son and Kane are ‘unmatched’ as a trio across Europe.
Bale’s recent impact has helped Spurs to three successive Premier League wins.
Indeed, the north London club have boosted their claims for a top-four finish despite remaining five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.