Spurs Coach Jose Mourinho says he does not dole out minutes on the pitch, insisting that it is earned through hard work.
He was reacting to minimal appearance made for the side by on loan Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale.
Bale is yet to discover his magic since returning to Tottenham on season- long loan from Real Madrid but looks good to feature in Spurs FA cup clash against Wycombe today.
Hampered by illness and injury, his appearances in the Premier League have been limited although he has featured more regularly in the Europa League. He also came on as a substitute in the 5-0 win against Marine in the FA Cup third-round on January 10.
The Portuguese says Bale could play in Monday’s FA Cup tie at Wycombe Wanderers but he insists every minute on the pitch has to be earned.
“I cannot give players minutes, minutes on the pitch is not something I can give, so I’m not going in this direction,” he said.
Jose Mourinho says Dele Alli was not involved against Sheffield United due to injury and may also be sidelined for Monday’s FA Cup tie at Wycombe
“We all know the difficulties he had for a couple seasons, we all know that he arrived injured, we all know that even this season (has been) a little bit up and down with small things.
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“The most important thing for him is to be consistent, training without any problems and when a player is consistent in training, high intensity without any kind problems then the player is ready.