Belfast Telegraph

Bale backs Villas-Boas

Gareth Bale believes Andre Villas-Boas deserves to be given more time to sort out Tottenham's problems.

It was Bale's summer departure to Real Madrid that triggered upheaval at White Hart Lane, with the world-record fee of £85million being reinvested in a host of additions to the Portuguese manager's squad.

While Bale thrives in his new surroundings, his old team-mates, and the new faces at Tottenham, have struggled for consistency - and Premier League goals - without him this term.

They have scored just 11 times in 13 games in the top flight, and stand 10 points behind leaders Arsenal following Sunday's 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Speaking ahead of that match, Bale said Villas-Boas has the qualities that make it worth mid-table Tottenham persisting with him during a rocky patch that was exposed by the recent 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City.

"I think he should be given time," Bale told BT Sport.

"I think he's a great manager - he showed that last year. They're going through a little bit of a bad patch at the moment but I'm sure he's a good enough manager to pull everybody through, get out the other side and hopefully go on a good run now, catch up the rest and have a good season."

Bale recognised that Tottenham's finishing has been under par.

He said: "I've been watching quite a lot of the matches.

"They've been playing some good stuff.

"I just think they've been very unlucky in front of goal, just haven't been clinical enough really."

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph