Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been urged to humiliate one of his players in order to get the best out of star man Gareth Bale, who has struggled for form, according to one pundit.
Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has urged Mourinho to put Bale against the "worst player he's got" in training to try and get the winger in top form once again.
Bale arrived at Spurs on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid in September, with there being great expectations that he could rediscover the form that led to his move to Real Madrid, but that has not been the case so far.
Bale has made just 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring just four goals in those appearances.
Redknapp, who managed Bale during his time at Spurs, stated that Bale has not yet earned the chance to showcase his true talent, and he put forward some ways that he could get back to his best.
Speaking on Sky Sports News (via Football365), Redknapps said "He's hardly had a chance to be fair to him. He didn't play well against Brighton, but who did? He was no worse than anyone else".
"Gareth can play, again. You've got to know him."
He added that "As great a player as he has been, he was in the top five players in the world when I had him and he went to Real Madrid. He's not an overconfident person."
"You’ve got to get into him, tell him how good he is, get him out on the training ground, put a dummy against him, get the worst player you’ve got to defend against him, and keep giving Gareth the ball."
Bale has been starved of regular game-time in the Premier League due to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min's electrifying form this season, but with Kane now out with injury, Redknapp believes that Bale can reignite his form and be part of a deadly attack for Spurs.
"Tell him you're going great, I want to get you going. He can play, he's a fantastic talent."
"He's only 31, he doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, has he lost his pace? He's not had a run yet."
"If the team was playing well and Kane was on fire, he's on form with Son, what a forward line that could be."
"Jose's a top manager, it's his job to get the best out of these players. They're bringing people on in front of Gareth Bale who couldn't lace his boots."
Bale has had to compete with Carlos Vinicius, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn for some regular playing time, but now might be the perfect time for him to show his true worth.