According to CaughtOffside and various other sources, there is serious worth to the claims that the Gareth Bale to Real Madrid deal is very much on. The Spurs winger allegedly wants to make the move and Madrid see him as a marquee signing. A £50 million bid might be too much for Tottenham to turn down but is the Welshman really worth all that much?
Bale started as a left-back at Spurs before Harry Redknapp realised his technique was excellent and his body was maturing at a frenetic rate. Gareth now looks like a bodybuilder and despite Jack Wilshere’s best attempts at intimidation in last week’s North London Derby; the difference in size between the two was remarkable.
Looking at the winger’s output, he has four goals and no assists in 11 games. He has created 25 chances but obviously they are not being finished.
His chances are created in various areas around the box, suggesting two things: he likes to cut in and pull the strings and he partial to switching flanks with Aaron Lennon, something which has sometimes infuriated Spurs fans who see him as a classical winger rather than a Ronaldo-type player.
One great asset Bale possesses in an incredible engine, his desire to bomb up and down the flank relentlessly chasing the game is outstanding. As a result, he makes a key defensive contribution and allows his full-back to get forward should the play dictate it.
While his defensive contribution is strong, other areas of his play have been disappointing this season. While his shot accuracy is at 50%, he has only converted 12% of his chances to score. Also, he has attempted to beat his man 41 times but only done so successfully 29% of the times and his pass completion is quite low at 68%; suggesting his technique might be a little patchy this season.
Gareth Bale is without a question one of the most talented players in the league; his all-round ability combined with physique and pace is unmatched, yet his ability to apply that talent consistently as well as his positional indiscipline going forward might be a cause of concern for the Madrid board possibly keen on spending £50 million pounds on him.
They might think that the Welshman is being let down by his team and trying too hard to push them to another level, but there’s also the possibility that Bale is a highlight machine who only looks worth the money once a month.
By Nic English
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