After sealing a highly anticipated move back to Tottenham Hotspur in September, Gareth Bale has not had an awful lot to smile about so far.
Having arrived back in England nursing an injury, the Wales international was forced to bide his time before being handed the chance to pull on a Spurs shirt once again.
After stepping off the bench in the closing stages of Spurs’ dramatic 3-3 draw with West Ham United in the Premier League almost a fortnight ago, he has since been awarded two starts, both of which have come in the Europa League.
He played a direct role in helping Spurs score a second goal in their 3-0 win over Linz ASK last Thursday evening, with his effort being turned in for an own-goal.
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After being forced to settle for a place on the bench against Burnley in the Premier League on Monday night, Bale was reinstated to the starting line-up against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday evening, as Jose Mourinho, the Spurs head coach, made the decision to ring the changes.
However, with his side 1-0 down at half time, and showing no signs of getting themselves back into the contest by the hour mark, Mourinho made the decision to take Bale off just before the hour mark, replacing him with Brazilian Lucas Moura.
It was, of course, another game without a goal for the Welshman, as he desperately looks to open his account during his second spell in north London.
Though his frustrations and those of Tottenham’s supporters are probably growing, with the Welshman still trying to work his way back to his very best performance levels, supporters of Spurs’ domestic rivals have seen the funny side of it.
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