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Clint Dempsey Can Be the New Gareth Bale, Insists Andre Villas-Boas: The Nightly EPL

Peculiar words from Tottenham Hotspur Andre Villas-Boas today after the Portuguese manager has said that Clint Dempsey can be the new Gareth Bale.

It’s peculiar because I don’t see Dempsey and Bale in the same role. At his best, Dempsey is an attacking midfielder. Bale is a left winger who, earlier this season, was playing more of a central striker role during some matches for Tottenham. Both men are incredibly gifted athletes but to draw comparisons between the two seems strange.

Perhaps Villas-Boas is setting the stage for Gareth Bale to leave Tottenham for Spain, with Dempsey being a worthy “replacement”? Stranger things have happened.

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  1. dust

    December 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    LMAO I dont see any quote from AVB saying that or anything remotely even eluding to that headline in the article.

    Bellow are the paragraphs that mention Bales name in the 695 word article with the misleading headline.

    “Tottenham must replace Gareth Bale, who injured a hamstring against Fulham. Villas-Boas used Clint Dempsey on the left against Panathinaikos on Thursday and was rewarded with an assist and a goal, but he hinted that the American may return to a more central role today……”

    “So, even though Dempsey lacks Bale’s pace, if it ain’t broke…? “I understand you don’t consider Dempsey a striker. He has developed into playing in different positions, but for me he is a pure striker. And we have different alternatives [on the left].”

    How is AVB saying he is going to replace Bale as a Winger with Dempsey? or that Bale is off to Spain, he says he see’s Dempsey as a striker!

    Absolutely ridiculous….LOL

    What a rubbish headline for the Independent they really must want to drive clicks through the site, and i’m surprised it’s the lead on here, let alone pondered as true/plausible after reading it.

    It’s like reading the alphabet nursery rhyme a,b,c,d..e,f,g,h,i,j,k…. stopping and saying oooohh wait I get it…yeah thats it’s the calculation for measuring the speed of a quark.

    • Dust is dead on

      December 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      This article is crazy dumb. I will no longer go to epltalk

      • jtm371

        December 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

        i think some headline writer knows you and how to get you wound up.when i saw it i thought of you and how you might reply you did not let me down what a joke.Dempsey for Bale.

        • Dust

          December 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

          No idea who “dust is dead” is, but its not me, i’m sure the gaffer can look up the IP address though.

          • The Gaffer

            December 9, 2012 at 8:07 am

            Just for the record, the user posted under “Dust is dead on,” not “Dust is dead.” Big difference 🙂

            If it was the latter, I would have removed the comment and banned the commenter.

            The Gaffer

          • dust

            December 9, 2012 at 9:56 am


      • gbewing

        December 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

        promises promises

    • Guy

      December 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Truly ridiculous headline from The Independent, as you said. Alex must not have read the article either, otherwise why post it? However, he’s doing all the grunt work for us, so all is good. Maybe he just wanted to wake you up. 🙂

      • dust

        December 9, 2012 at 9:56 am


  2. Mrditty

    December 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    They are nothing alike on the pitch, and nothing alike off the pitch. Bale has been loyal, Dempsey is a quitter. Still waiting for the truth to come out Clint.

    • p

      December 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Fulham legend

      • jtm371

        December 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm

        in his own mind if your under contract then play don’t pick up your ball and run back to mommy.

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