Graham Potter protects Gareth Bale after sluggish start
The Brighton boss says the Welshman’s absence of impact in his 2nd spell at Spurs is understandable. Brighton boss Graham Potter thinks Gareth Bale’s lack of effect at Tottenham is totally understandable.
Bale received a hero’s welcome when he rejoined Spurs from Real Madrid in September and looked prepared to resurrect his going to pieces profession after scoring the winner in a 2-1 success over Albion six weeks later on.
But the Wales star, who was frozen out at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane, has done little to necessitate the excitement and finds himself a peripheral member of Jose Mourinho’s team ahead of Sunday’s return match with the Seagulls.
Potter feels Bale’s limited action during the latter stages of his time in Spain has actually been a significant consider his Premier League struggles.
” I know that it’s hard if you have not been playing football for a while to unexpectedly hit the ground running in the Premier League, it’s not that simple, despite who you are,” said Potter.
” You need a little bit of time, you require to get into that rhythm, adjust to the league, even though he’s can be found in having been here in the past.
” If you haven’t been playing regularly, the demands and the strength of it are quite strong and then he’s going to a club that’s undoubtedly got competition and excellent players.
” I have not given it a massive amount of thought however it’s a lot to do with the difficulties of the Premier League.”
Bale has been restricted to just 170 top-flight minutes considering that returning on loan to north London, with his decisive header against Albion on November 1 his only league goal to date.
The 31-year-old, who scored 55 times in 203 looks for Tottenham in between 2007 and 2013, may now be afforded higher opportunity to discover previous glories due to the enforced absence of striker Harry Kane.
Spurs captain Kane looks particular to miss out on Sunday’s see to the Amex Stadium after injuring both ankles in Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool, although Mourinho does not consider Bale a central striker or a direct replacement.
Brighton, who sit 5 points above the transfer zone, are yet to win in the house this term and could do with a repeat of last season’s thumping 3-0 win over a Spurs side supervisor by Mauricio Pochettino to propel themselves away from threat.
Potter says his regard for Mourinho is “sky high” but soft-pedaled the personal significance of triumphing versus his Portuguese equivalent.
” It would have no significance for my CV, if I am honest. Not because I do not respect Jose Mourinho but I do not believe you’re in football for that type of stuff,” he stated.
” For me, it’s more about we wish to get the points for the club.
” My regard for what Jose Mourinho has done in his profession is amazing, it can’t be greater due to the fact that he’s won in numerous places – Portugal, England, Italy, Spain – what’s he achieved is incredible.
” If we can get a win that would be excellent however it would not be for my own personal thing, it’s more for the team.
” And win, lose or draw, my regard for him is sky high.”