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How Good Is Gareth Bale?

Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur 2010/11 Rafael Da Silva Manchester United Manchester United V Tottenham Hotspur (2-0) 30/10/10 The Premier League Photo: Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Once again Gareth Bale starred for Tottenham in the Champions League, with two stunning assists that helped the Champions League new-boys to a memorable 3-1 win over the tournament holders Inter Milan.

Bale had already sent out a warning to Rafa Benitez’s side two weeks ago, when with Spurs four goals, and a man down, he ran the Inter defence ragged, ending the night with three excellent goals and a memorable hat-trick.

In many ways his performance tonight may just prove to be even more important, because it demonstrates that his display in the San Siro was no fluke. While fans in the Premier League have been aware of Bale’s ability for some time now, he is only just beginning to establish himself on the European stage.

Consistency in his performances is now crucial if Bale wishes to establish himself as one of the world’s best footballers, and if he can continue to turn out displays like he has been recently there is no reason why he shouldn’t.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp couldn’t have heaped any more praise on Bale when speaking after the Inter win. Redknapp said: “He was amazing. Maicon is rated as the best right-back in the world and what he’s done to him over the last two games is amazing. He can cross, his left foot is great on the run, he can shoot, dribble, head it, he’s got everything.”

Bale is now arguably the first name on the Spurs team-sheet and this is quite unbelievable when you consider he is only 21. In years to come you really do see him starring at the very highest stage, because his potential his limitless.

I have no doubt that the world’s super clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona will come hunting for Bale in the not so distant future, and it will really be a test of Spurs’ ambition as to whether they sell or not. To challenge for the Premier League they need to keep hold of Bale, he is that vital to their future.

That is not just a measure of how good Bale is now, but how good he could be. The talent is there, the work ethic is there, and now the confidence is there. Barring injuries Bale really could go down as one of the Premier League’s best ever players.

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  1. Mohamad Amir

    November 25, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Just ask Maicon and Lucio of of Inter Milan .

  2. Jefferson

    November 5, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Yes, Bale has been terrific against Inter in both games. However, he has not shown the same form against EPL teams such as Manchester United or Everton. Until he can up his game on a consistent basis I think all this talk about him being the best footballer in England is very premature. Inter got their tactics extremely wrong in how to play Bale but the EPL teams won’t do the same so we will have to wait and see how he plays against teams that will focus on stopping him. The great ones, like Giggs, find a way to get the job done even when the opposition is out to stop you. Let’s see how he handles the marking from the opposition that he will now get.

  3. Frank

    November 3, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Yes he’s been great in the Champs League but went missing against United; in fact he’s been missing in the EPL for a good few weeks now.

    • TJ

      November 3, 2010 at 11:27 am

      bollocks he scored not a week and a half ago on a Saturday

      • ChrisHighwind

        November 5, 2010 at 6:58 am

        He hasn’t scored since 21st August when he scored two goals against Stoke, so I don’t get where this goal you are talking about has come from? He also has only got one whole assist in that time as well. Everton kept him quiet when Neville put on a defensive masterclass and Osman helped contain Bale’s pace, and Fletcher with Rafael, and then Brown when he came on also kept Bale quiet…

  4. fremeer

    November 3, 2010 at 4:03 am

    bale is excellent, still feels like a wingback more then a true winger though. quality left foot and fast. will be interesting to see how bosingwa does against him because bosingwa is argueably faster then him and will be helped by essien in tracking him.

  5. Steve

    November 3, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Leyts not forget, Luka and Tommy were sensational in the centre!

  6. loser

    November 3, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Yes, Bale was phenomenal in both games, but it’s too premature to say he is becoming great footballer. Maicon is a very attack minded and when confront with fast pace EPL winger like Bale, he count not cope and that’s normal. When he played in Brazil national team, he played well..what team on earth would play attacking football against Brazil ? (Spain aside). Hence, for Maicon’s poor performance, Rafa should be blamed, the strategy and tactic used were wrong. Rafa, who is so familiar with EPL, and i’d expected him to have a better strategy to contain Bale, and such disgrace will never happened under Mourinho. Rafa will destroy Inter.

  7. the devil himself

    November 3, 2010 at 2:19 am

    ey bob leave giggs out of it,bale got a long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as giggs.besides, didnt rafael have bale in his back pocket on saturday?i must admit though,he could turn out to be one hell of a player

  8. Andrei

    November 3, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Gareth Bale is new Wayne Rooney.

    • Sir Guy

      November 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

      Let’s not saddle him with that wish, Andrei. 😀

  9. sometimes

    November 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    true doubling up on bale may work, but then your leaving modric, vdv, lennon and huddlestone with one less man around them…not a good idea if theyre on fire

    • wazoo

      November 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      yes… and this is a newish line-up that is still learning to play together. last year they were sticking two men on lennon. and lennon/modric look to be coming back into form. let’s hope this group of players stays together. tonight was not a one man show and not a fluke.

  10. dools

    November 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Biased opinion: United shut him down by doubling him on Saturday, other teams will see that.

    Fan: He’s so exciting to watch and I’d love to have him on my team.

    Fire away…

  11. Sir Guy

    November 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Talk about bossing someone around. Maicon needs to enter into a witness protection program.

    • Robert

      November 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      Can he bring his Champions League winner’s medal with him?

      • Sir Guy

        November 3, 2010 at 9:39 am

        Point taken, but the article is about Bale and his abilities. Maybe Maicon couldn’t handle Bale because having the medal taped under his jersey slowed him down. 🙂

        • Robert

          November 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

          Ha, nice one! I was being glib, for I agree that Bale was a maniac in the match–he hit 6th gear on most of his runs.

  12. Nick

    November 2, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Bale has been playing out of this world lately. However, Maicon has been hailed as one of the best “attacking” right backs in the world, not one of the best defending right backs. Not trying to take anything away from Bale as he still has been sensational in the Champs League and in the Prem.

    • Ambuj

      November 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm

      True maicon is not really a ‘great’ defender…Bale has been inconsistent but then again..he’s only 21 ..given time he would be really good..i think he plays like giggs.. might not seem very fancy like messi or ronaldo..but damn ..can he run defences ragged !!

      • bob

        November 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

        giggs wishes he had half the pace bale has.

  13. simon

    November 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Ill keep it simple – he’s keeps this up for the next 2 seasons and in 2012 the ballon d’or will be between Bale, Messi and Ronaldo and it’ll be too close to call! If Messi and ronaldo start to slip up he’ll be the best player in the world – End of! Ps. He aint leaving for a penny less than 75M ever! – To all the manure fans out there – time to do some more refinancing! LMAO!!!

    • The Gaffer

      November 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      The question is, how long will Spurs be able to hold on to him at White Hart Lane? Will he be gone in 1 or 2 years?

      The Gaffer

      • Nick

        November 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm

        Bale doesn’t strike me as the type to leave England. So when you narrow it down to the big spenders in the EPL, United and Liverpool can’t afford him, Arsenal doesn’t splash the cash, and Chelsea have Ashley Cole. Which leaves only City left, and unlike James Milners situation with Villa, Tottenham are competing in the EPL and Europe so there would be no reason for a switch to City.

      • LI Matt

        November 3, 2010 at 4:03 am

        Spurs don’t have a debt problem, so they won’t sell anyone because “they need the money”. Bale would only leave because he wants to leave. At the moment, we’ve had no indication of that.

  14. WhiteHartDub

    November 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    If Ronaldo was worth 80 million at 25, what would Bale be worth at the same ageseeing at 21 he has destroyed arguably the best right back in the business repeatedly twice in a fortnight??? There are few players who you could class as 100 million plus players, honestly would have to say including potential Bale would be 1 of those players!!!! COYS

  15. RVPFan

    November 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    At the moment, arguably the best left winger in the game.

    • flash in the pan

      November 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

      he’s michael ricketts good

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