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‘You can’t rely on him!’ – Tottenham warned over Gareth Bale

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Tottenham can kiss their dreams of a Premier League title goodbye this season if they are to depend on Gareth Bale, says Troy Deeney.

Bale scored the match-winning goal against Brighton on Sunday to move Tottenham up to second in the Premier League standings.

Jose Mourinho’s side are just two points adrift of leaders Liverpool and boast a superior goal difference. Add Harry Kane and Son Heung-min’s prolific form to the mix, one may think they have a chance of title glory.

That was certainly the viewpoint of ex-Spurs coach Harry Redknapp, who backed Bale to form a deadly star trio with Kane and Son recently.

But Deeney thinks otherwise, with the Watford striker claiming Bale’s injury record and the club’s leaky defense means a Premier League title is an outside bet.

“Can they? Yes, they can. But, will they? I’d probably stick to no,” he told talkSPORT.

“I think over the course of a season – and the mid-week showed it – if they were to get injuries to Kane or Son, have they got somebody who can step up and score the goals and keep them going?

“Bale has had his injuries so you can’t rely on him. I don’t mean that negatively, but can you sit there and say, ‘he is going to be fit all year round’?

“I think ultimately they will always concede goals, so I think they might just fall short [of winning the title].

“But I would say top four.”