Thursday, October 21, 2010
When Gareth Bale first burst onto the scene at Spurs, nobody was sure where to play this immensely talented youngster. He had the skills and ability to play at left back or left wing. Superbly athletic, incredibly quick and possessor of the best left foot in England, Bale is now enjoying life and football on the left flank of Tottenham Hotspur.
His performances have picked up since Redknapp started playing him on the left wing at the tail end of last season. He ended last season with three goals and five assists. This season, he has picked up from where he left off and has drawn much praise from his manager.
And when one looks at his goals against Stoke and now against Inter Milan, it is no wonder why he is garnering so much attention from admiring managers.
All three of Bale's goals were scored from exactly the same area. All three flew past Inter's Julio Cesar as though he wasn't there. Bale not only displayed tremendous shooting power but also unerring accuracy, beating Julio Cesar three times in the same spot. His powerful running also enabled him to get the better of Inter captain, Javier Zanetti time and again. The Welshman then showed intelligent positioning to peel away from Zanetti to score the third goal for Spurs.
Still only 21, Bale is surely an ideal long-term successor for Ryan Giggs. A Welsh wizard to replace a Welsh legend at Old Trafford? Fergie must surely be aware of Bale's irresistible goal-scoring performance against the current European champions.
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