Gareth Bale has ‘lost his blistering pace’ and must adapt his game to succeed at Tottenham, claims former Spurs ace Jamie O’Hara
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Oct. 29, 2020
Gareth Bale may not be the flying winger Tottenham expect him to be, according to Jamie O’Hara, who believes the Welshman has lost some of his trademark pace.
Spurs have been hailed as boasting one of the best front-threes in world football following Bale’s return to the club on loan from Real Madrid this summer.
The 31-year-old is set to make only his second start since his return on Thursday night when Tottenham take on Royal Antwerp in the Europa League , and Jose Mourinho has said ahead of the game that he expects the forward to ‘fly’ this season.
On paper, Bale teaming up with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son – who have 20 goals and 13 assists between them already this season – is a mouth-watering prospect.
But O’Hara believes the Wales international may have to adapt his game and play a different role – like Ryan Giggs in the latter stages of his career – to be a success at Spurs.
“I know Mourinho said he’s still a little bit off it, and I’ve been watching him and he looks he’s lost a yard of pace,” the former Tottenham midfielder told the talkSPORT Breakfast .
“He just looks like he’s definitely not fit enough yet and you can get fitness back, but he’s older now and I think he’s going to have to adapt his game.
“That blistering pace that we used to see from him, running down the let and just gliding past people, I’m not sure he’s going to get that back.
“I think it’s a bit like Ryan Giggs when he all of a sudden started losing a bit of pace, he started coming inside.
“I don’t know if Gareth Bale is more suited to playing as a number ten now…”
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