Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has called for patience over Gareth Bale.
The Wales talisman has failed to impress in his first three appearances after joining on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, but he was suffering from a injury when he joined the club earlier this month.
Although Spurs fans loved the marauding runs and expert dribbling of the former Southampton man during his first spell at the club, Mourinho reckons they should appreciate his new style.
Bale himself has also mentioned that he won’t necessarily be replicating the performances he put in before he moved to Spain, with Mourinho now using Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as examples.
"Seven years is a long, long gap," Mourinho said.
"Which player in the world is the same as he was seven years ago?
"Sometimes they're not better or worse, they're just different players. For example, look at Ronaldo and Messi, and compare them with seven years ago. They play in different areas, different positions.
"They transform their qualities to try and explore their qualities in other responsibilities in the tactical system of their teams.
“I think it happens with the majority of the players, so for sure Gareth is a different player.
"Every word that I said on Wednesday I believe because he is working very, very hard. He is improving. He doesn't have one single injury since he came back from the last one.
“He didn't miss one single training session. To play 90 minutes is still hard, to play high intensity is still difficult, but he is improving.
"He is improving, and hopefully he will be back to a better level soon."
After Jermaine Jenas told BT Sport of Bale after their Europa League defeat: “Not a good night for Bale.
“Still trying to find a level of fitness. But there was no creativity from him tonight.”
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