Jose Mourinho may unleash Gareth Bale for his second Tottenham debut against West Ham and expects the superstar to emulate heroic early form from his Real Madrid days
- Gareth Bale has yet to play since rejoining Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid
- The Welshman has been out with a knee injury he suffered over the summer
- Tottenham fans are excited over Bale making his return after seven years away
- The 31-year-old could be set to make his second debut against West Ham
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is set to unleash Gareth Bale for his second debut for the club and expects him to deliver the lethal threat which made him a hero when he joined Real Madrid.
Bale wants to play from wide on the right and Mourinho will give him licence to roam and follow his instinct.
Mourinho is urging his attacking players to perform with freedom and believes Bale can link up with Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and others in the same destructive way he did with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema at Real.
Gareth Bale could make his second debut and his first appearance at Tottenham’s new ground
Bale has yet to make an appearance since he arrived as he recovered from a knee injury
‘One of the first questions in my first conversation with Gareth was, “What’s your favourite position?” I wanted to start from there and he answered me the question,’ said Mourinho, who suggested Bale will ‘probably’ play against West Ham on Sunday.
‘Does that mean he will always be used in that position? No. Because he will play where the team need him to play but he was clear by saying his favourite position is on the right.
‘And, when he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, he can be the player people saw being decisive when he went to Real.’
Jose Mourinho claims he knows why his name does not appear in Arsene Wenger’s new book – and it is because he always won when their teams met.
‘A book is a thing to make you happy and make you proud, so I understand perfectly the situation,’ he said.
Mourinho refused to rule out handing the Welshman a start on Sunday against rivals West Ham