Wednesday, 28 October, 2020

Whelan reacts to Bale update from Mourinho

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Gareth Bale arrives ahead of kick-off Credit GETTY IMAGES
Cary Erickson | 18 October, 2020, 19:57

"He is not a No. 10, a striker or a player for the left side, like he did in the first years of his career at Southampton and Tottenham".

In the end, Tottenham struck an impressive deal worth just £11million for Rodon, who adds depth to Jose Mourinho's options at the back. Probably he plays Sunday, if he doesn't he will on Thursday [against LASK in the Europa League].

"Of course he wants to play", Mourinho said.

Bale is primed to make his second Spurs debut when West Ham visit this afternoon, having regained fitness following a knee injury.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, the Wales global is expected to be pitched straight into the matchday 18 after recovering from a knee injury. "You're not going to do a chapter about 12, 14 matches and never win one so why should he speak about me?"

"In certain games, the other massive bonus for me and from a manager's point of view for Jose, when you look along the bench you want game-changers and with Gareth coming in now, you've got Lucas Moura on the bench, possibly you might have Kane on the bench to rest him at times, you can have Son on the bench". He's working the way he probably hasn't been able to do for some time.

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"The last week and this week, especially Monday or Tuesday, the planning of the sessions had a big focus on him". His condition is good.

Mourinho revealed on Friday that he would make a late decision on whether the 31-year-old would be involved on Sunday in what would be his first appearance since returning to the club on loan.

Bale was singled out for criticism over his form and attitude at Real Madrid last season, but there are high hopes for his return to Spurs. Every player is a very important player, but the Gareth situation is very special because of the history.

Kane then capped off a scintillating opening act when he doubled his tally just beyond the quarter-hour mark, rising to meet Sergio Reguilon's exquisite cross at the right post and head home.

"When he reaches his continuity and when he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, I think he can be the player people saw being decisive when he went to Real Madrid, in a very similar position. Kane had to play nearly every minute when he's fit and I think that flexibility is going to be massive for Tottenham, it really is".

"We care as much about him as he cares about Tottenham, and we are going to make the best decision for him and for the team".