After the Swansea game on Sunday, Redknapp admitted: “It’s hard to play 4-4-2 these days”, which had led to the Spurs gaffer trialling out different formations in order to re-live the form which the Tottenham squad were experiencing until a more recent slump in performance.
Last month when Spurs faced Everton, the 22 year-old Welshman was played on the right side of the pitch and Luka Modric on the left (yes, you read that correctly) which led to many of the fans questioning Redknapp’s tactic and even chanting, “He plays on the left, Gareth Bale, He plays on the left.” However, Redknapp does know what he is doing.
By Bale playing in a more central position in contrast to last season, it has led to him matching his previous best season goalscoring record by netting an astonishing 11 goals so far. Furthermore, he has assisted in 9 goals this season which emphasises his influence as a wide-man. Also, Bale is known to be one of the quickest players with the ball in the Premier League, something which playing in the centre of the pitch restricts.
In the most recent performance versus Swansea City, Bale managed to assist Van der Vaart’s 20 minute goal as well as the returning Aaron Lennon helping Adebayor get his second of the game through their traditional style of wide play.
Personally, I think the mixture of his play has been great. Whilst it is frustrating to see a great player be situated in the wrong position, Bale originally started as a left-back and not the winger which he is known as today which helps to show his versatility.
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