The Wales international returned to north London in the summer on-loan from Real Madrid after seven tumultuous years in the Spanish capital.
Bale fell out of favour with Zinedine Zidane during the latter stages of his Real career and an attempt to rebuild his reputation back in north London appeared destined to fail with the 31-year-old struggling to earn the full trust of Jose Mourinho.
The former Southampton star has rolled back the years in recent weeks, however, and has now scored six goals in as many games in all competitions following his brace against the Eagles.
‘It’s taken a bit of time, but I’m experienced enough to know it takes patience,’ Bale told Sky Sports when asked why it has take him so long to rediscover his best form.
‘Time will tell (if he can reach his very best), but I’m not 21 anymore. Your body changes over time and I’m having to learn that.’
Souness, however, took issue with Bale’s post-match comments and warned the Tottenham winger not to wish his career away.
He said: ‘We had a conversation about him a few weeks ago. If I’m him at that stage, I’m knocking on the manager’s door telling him I’m ready. We were getting pictures of him sitting on the bench looking uninterested, not bothered and joking with subs.
‘We’ve got 11 games to go and he’s been here all season. I just expected more from him. I’m an enormous fan of Gareth Bale when he’s playing football. But I want to see more of him.
After discussion about his fitness issues, Souness added: ‘I’ll go back to his spell on the bench. On the bench would suggest you’re fit to take part in some of the game.
‘But he wasn’t. He was starting on the bench and finishing on the bench. If I’m him, I’d be knocking on the manager’s door. He should have his angry head on and say ‘let me show you what I can do’.’