Whilst Tottenham Hotspur struggled to take their chances in the 4-1 win against Wycombe Wanderers on Monday night until late on, the performance of Gareth Bale arguably shows why he needs to be starting more often in the Premier League.
The Welsh international played the full 90 minutes at Adams Park and looked dangerous throughout, as he regularly showed a good turn of pace to get past the opposition defenders.
The on-loan Real Madrid man scored the equalising goal with a deft finish in first-half stoppage time, which means he is now the only Spurs player to have scored in every competition so far this season.
The 31-year-old has struggled with fitness and injury issues since re-joining the North London club during the summer transfer window but will be glad to have got his first full 90 minutes back in a Spurs shirt under his belt on Monday, even if it was against Championship opposition.
If Bale can get back to full fitness, then Mourinho should consider making him his starting right-winger in future matches, as he showed against Wycombe that when he is on form, he can offer more of a goalscoring threat than Steven Bergwijn.
Despite playing significantly fewer matches than the Dutch winger this season, Bale has four goals in all competitions, compared to the former PSV man, who has failed to find the back of the net once this season.
The 23-year-old has struggled to put away big chances, most notably in the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool earlier in the season, when he missed a few golden opportunities.
Although Bergwijn does a lot of the dirty work in Mourinho’s side with his excellent pressing and tracking back, the Portuguese manager must surely be considering handing the £18 million-rated Bale more game time in the Premier League to try and add to his side’s attacking threat, considering he has managed just four appearances in the top-flight since returning, three of which have come from the bench.
If Bale can replicate the performance he produced against Wycombe, where he completed 5/5 dribbles and earned an 8/10 rating from SofaScore, in the Premier League, then it is surely only a matter of time before he establishes himself as the first-choice right-winger with the Lilywhites.