“I needed to improve on certain aspects of my game and I’ve been working on that with the coaching staff. The main thing I’ve worked on is my defending.” These are the words of Tottenham left-back Gareth Bale, someone who has shown inconsistency in his career at White Hart Lane thus far.
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The fact that Bale’s spell at White Hart Lane has been stop-start so far should mean that he has learnt what the flaws in his game were, and as he mentions the defensive side of his game had been letting him down. For Bale to make that left-back spot his own then he needs to start showing the qualities that made Tottenham sign him in the first place. For a modern day left-back the Welshman has everything: great physique, a sweet left foot, dribbling ability and a decent height.
With all the raw talents that Bale has it seems as if the management wanted to figure out if he was best suited to playing left-midfield or not- mainly due to his better attacking qualities rather than his struggles in defence. Part of his inconsistency may have been tactically based. The fact that he was always going forward, and leaving space behind him, meant that he needed improving defensively.
Statisticians out there would have observed that in Bale’s first two seasons at Tottenham he had never been on the winning team in a Premier League match. Little should be read in to that, pure coincidence if anything, but Bale’s glimpses of form have not been helped by injuries he has suffered during his time in north London.
When he has been fully fit the opportunity for first team football has dried up for Bale, mainly because of the form of Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Bale’s start to life at Tottenham offered signs that the left-back spot was going to be his own. It did not pan out that way but there is no reason as to why that should not be the case now.
With Bale having had an up and down time at Spurs it must have been a true test of his temperament and character. This should stand him in good stead as he attempts to reach the required level of performance.
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