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Bale’s lack of game time might benefit Wales, says Mark Hughes

Sun 30 May 2021 | 8:46

The former Wales international believes Bale’s freshness can help the national team in their upcoming Euro 2020 campaign.

Having fallen out of favor at

Real Madrid

,

Gareth Bale

joined

Tottenham

on a loan deal last summer. However, the winger struggled for game time in the first half of the season and managed to feature in only 10 matches under

Jose Mourinho

. The appointment of

Ryan Mason

as the Spurs’ interim coach in April changed the situation for Bale. The Wales international scored six times in seven appearances for the north London side in their Premier League matches under the young coach.

Mark Hughes

believes Bale’s mixed season might prove to be advantageous for Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign.

He told

Sky Sports News

:

"I think with Gareth it has only been recently that he's actually been given game time but that might be something that Wales can benefit from because he may have that freshness that he needs.

"A lot of top players get to the end of seasons and it's on the back of 50 or 60 really high-level games and Gareth doesn't have that. We need Gareth playing at the top of his form and if he is then he will prove a huge asset to us.

"I'm a little bit worried about a couple of the senior players, obviously the likes of Ben Davies who has an injury problem at the moment, Joe Allen as well who was also involved in the previous campaign when Wales did really well, so you want your senior players fit.

"We haven't got that strength in depth that England or one of the top nations have. You want your top players playing well in order to inspire the others so we need the likes of Bale and the other guys I've mentioned to be right on their game."

Real Madrid are reportedly interested in selling Bale this summer as the 31-year-old enters the last year of his contract.


source: SportMob