Bale Has To Start Playing Up Front For Spurs To Become The New Ronaldo
Gareth Bale, once seen as a left back, has been Tottenham Hotspur’s main attacking threat for the past two seasons.
After his move from Southampton, Bale seriously struggled to impose himself in North London. He hardly played and when he did, they invariably lost. He wasn’t helped by the fact Harry Redknapp was in charge. Redknapp is hardly known for his ability to bring through youth and much prefers to spend 10 million on a player that he can put on the bench instead.
But Bale eventually did break into the side. Firstly as a left back, where he originally started at Southampton, and then as a left midfielder. Now though, you wouldn’t really calling him a midfielder would you?
As normally happens in England though, players get pigeon-holed to early as youngsters. This often isn’t the fault of academies Southampton’s academy is England’s answer to La Masia after all, but of the first team coaches. Big players are put up front, or in defence, small players are put out wide, and left footed players are never allowed to play in the middle. But the middle is where Bale is destined to be.
Coaches nowadays know that controlling the middle of the pitch means that you’ll normally win the match. This is why there has been more formations which have three central midfielders and a larger amount of attacking players played centrally or being told to move centrally, hence the tactical phase of the “inverted winger”.
The best inverted winger of the lot though, Lionel Messi, eventually forced himself to where he always felt he was most dangerous, directly in front of the oppositions goal. Bale, or any other player for that matter, is not as good as Messi but his influence on the game will only increase the more centrally he plays. Even for managers that want an aerial threat up front, Bale can provide this as well, he wins 1.7 aerial duels per game. Not bad when compared to Emmanuel Adebayor’s 1.6 and Jermaine Defoe’s 0.2.
For me then, the next logical step for Bale is playing up front, or at least centrally, and when he does so he will be an even better player than he is now. If only we could stop him doing that f*cking celebration.