Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham has not gone as planned.
The 31-year old winger endured a difficult start to the 2020/21 campaign at his old club Tottenham Hotspur.
According to former teammate Jermaine Jenas, Bale was once the laughing stock of the Premier League and this is not the first time he is encountering a tough challenge at the North London club.
Bale was almost ridiculed during his initial days at Spurs and was almost transferred in a £3million move to Birmingham.
Jenas said: “The proof is in the pudding with that. Gareth, to be fair to him, I think he’s suffered with confidence a lot when he initially got to Tottenham.
“He was almost the laughing stock of the league at one point which was ridiculous.
“We saw how good he was as a player because he did it on a day to day basis, but he had that ridiculous stat with games that he’d played in where he hadn’t won.”
He added: “It was different then – he had dreams, hunger and aspirations that you have a young player.
“You’d argue this is his biggest challenge yet. When you’ve achieved it all, we see with the greats like Ronaldo and Messi, its the difference, those who achieve but still demand more of themselves.
“I think that’s what Gareth’s got to find.
“These times in his career he won’t get back – he may have all the money in the world and won everything but you don’t want to go out with a little bit of a whimper.”