TalkSport’s drive show host Adrian Durham has claimed Tottenham were ‘disrespectful’ by bringing on Gareth Bale at 3-0 against West Ham on Sunday.
Bale made his second debut for Spurs as he came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute with the hosts in complete control.
The former Real Madrid man spurned a golden chance to further extend the lead, and now Durham has claimed: ”the substitution where Bale came on was disrespectful to West Ham.”
👀 “The substitution of Bale, I thought it was disrespectful to West Ham.”
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Co-presenter and former England cricketer Darren Gough was less critical as he argued the Welshman needed the run out to increase his match fitness.
However, Durham further exclaimed: ”it was almost like it was a testimonial.”
The drive host was suggesting Mourinho saw the 3-0 scoreline as the perfect opportunity to give his returning star man a run out with the game won, describing the decision as ‘not good game management’, something which obviously came back to bite the Spurs boss.
Following Bale’s introduction, the Hammers performed a miraculous comeback, scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes.
Ironically it was a David Moyes substitute who had the greater impact – Manuel Lanzini’s wondergoal in the dying moments completed the rescue mission and earned the Irons point against their London rivals.
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It’s hard to agree with Durham on this one. Jose Mourinho was always likely to utilise Bale now the 31-year-old has trained with the club for a sufficient period having not gone away on international duty.
Therefore if anything his introduction could well be seen as a mark of respect to Moyes’ men. With Mourinho still feeling the need to grab a fourth goal to make sure of the points – which as it turned out would’ve been all-important.