Darren Bent says while Bale hasn’t been as explosive as we all wanted him to be on his return to Tottenham, there is no doubt that the Welshman still brings something to the table.
The Real Madrid loanee has been criticised for not bringing that extra edge that fans expected from him when Spurs signed him on loan.
Some have even suggested that he will never reach the heights that he once occupied.
But Bent reckons that while he isn’t delivering consistently on the field, the attacker is making a huge contribution to Tottenham’s effort this season.
He says that Jose Mourinho is a manager that has won several trophies and has been key to Tottenham’s success this season, so is Bale who has also won several trophies in his career.
Bent states that while Bale doesn’t have so much of an impact on the field, he brings a winning mindset to the dressing room.
“His impact on that team has not necessarily been on the pitch.” Bent told Football Insider.
“At times last night [Wednesday], the Bale of old would have got the ball and opened his legs up, push the ball and you could get nowhere near him.
“I wonder, can he still do that?
“Other than his goal, I don’t think Bale pulled up any trees. But he gets the goal and papers over the cracks.
“He showed flashes but I feel like I’m still yet to see him open up and sprint. I wonder, is there still a little bit of an issue there? Is he potentially a little bit unsure in his body because he doesn’t want anything to break down?
“But his impact has been off the pitch in the changing room: it’s his winning mentality.
“You’ve got a manager there who’s a serial winner and you’ve got Bale who’s a serial winner.”