Michael Dawson has pleaded with Jose Mourinho to give his former Tottenham teammate Gareth Bale ‘another chance’ to prove his worth.
Bale has struggled for form and fitness since returning to the north London side on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in the summer.
The Wales international has been restricted to just 19 outings across all competitions for Spurs so far this season, scoring just once in the Premier League.
But ex-Spurs defender Dawson believes his former colleague still possesses the quality to make an impact for Tottenham and should be given an extended run in the team to prove his worth.
“I’ve been so disappointed since he’s come in. We all talked about the front three Spurs would have with Heung-min Son, Harry Kane and Gareth slotting in,” Dawson told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“He came with an injury and he hasn’t hit the ground running. In his defence he hasn’t had many minutes.
“When he has he hasn’t performed, but he needs time. He needs game time. He was out for a few weeks when he came back and then he’s chucked into cup games and he does okay. But you need a run of games.
“Ray [Parlour] and Alan [Brazil, you’ve played this game for long enough… one game here and there, ten minutes here and then – it doesn’t give you much of an opportunity.
“Yes, he played against Brighton and he wasn’t great, but give him another chance and stick with him for three or four games.”
Dawson maintains that without talisman Harry Kane – who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury – Spurs are an altogether weaker prospect.
He added: “We’ve lost Harry. Harry is our main man and there’s no hiding that. You cannot be successful without a player like that because you can’t replace him.
“Spurs cannot replace Harry and you’ve seen it – the proof is in the pudding. They are not performing when Harry is there and they have to find a solution to do that.”