Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was tasked with naming a Premier League team of the decade, selecting Gareth Bale in a 2010s front three.
Bale was the only Spurs player involved as the ex-Liverpool defender chose not to include two-time Golden Boot winner Harry Kane – with Sergio Aguero and Eden Hazard making up the rest of his forward line.
Kane was picked by colleague Gary Neville in his squad, with Carragher explaining his decision to opt for the Real Madrid winger on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
He said: “The reason I went for Bale is because he wasn’t in the league for a long time across the full decade, but he won PFA Player of the Year twice and Young Player of the Year.
“It’s a big thing to win PFA Player of the Year. To do it twice in three years is unbelievable, and it then got him the move [to Real Madrid] for the world-record fee.
“I think what he did in those three or four years, being the best player in the league for two out of three years, is something special.”
Bale’s haul of personal accolades makes his inclusion in Carragher’s team pretty difficult to argue with – even if the likes of Harry Kane and ex-teammate Luis Suarez were left out.
The Welshman has gone on to receive team honours in the shape of four Champions Leagues and a La Liga title with Real Madrid, which could go a long way to arguing what kind of talent had left the Premier League back in 2013 – especially after receiving a second PFA award that was voted for by the players themselves.
Departing Spurs with a 26-goal haul across all competitions in 2012/13 (mainly from his usual position on the flank), Bale seems more than worthy of a place in Carragher’s side, particularly having achieved the kind of recognition that Kane has failed to receive since breaking through at Spurs despite his glut of goals for the North London side.
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