After Charlie Adam horrifically tackled Gareth Bale as Liverpool and Spurs met in a pre-season friendly in America, the Welshman and his Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker have publicly voiced their anger towards the former Blackpool player.
This is the second time in a period of 14 months which Charlie Adam has maliciously tackled the 23 year old. In May 2011, when Tottenham faced Blackpool in the Premier League before they were relegated, Adams committed another horrific tackle which kept Bale out of action for 3 months with an injured ligament in the ankle.
What makes this worse however, is that despite it is a pre-season friendly with the aim of improving fitness, the Scotsman wasn’t even booked.
With the midfielder being labelled as a “coward” by Bale, “jealous” by Kyle Walker and “nasty” by Villas-Boas, it is fair to see that he will be receiving a hostile reception when he comes to White Hart Lane. This is also following his red card last September, when Tottenham demolished 10-man Liverpool 4-0.
Bale told the Daily Mail:
“I would have understood had it been a slightly mis-timed tackle, even though it was just a friendly. But the ball was 10 yards past him and was nowhere near him when he came through my ankle.
My ankle is very, very sore. We’ll have to wait and see how it goes.”
As a result of the challenge, it is likely that Bale will miss the start of the season which is less than 3 weeks away. But, nothing has been confirmed of yet as the Welshman is scheduled to have a scan during the club’s time in New York, in the final leg of their pre season US tour.
“It’s unsportsmanlike and I don’t think any player should be like that. He didn’t say anything to me afterwards.
I’ve had no apology.
When someone makes a very bad tackle on you in a game you expect him to come up and apologise.”
This is only a glimpse of the disastrous defensive side which a midfielder is also supposed to have. Last season, Charlie Adam attempted 62 tackles, 58 of them being fouls which is a constant worry for Liverpool, as he constantly gives away free kicks to the opponents. As well as this, despite only playing 28 games in the Premier League last season, only 5 players had committed more fouls than him.
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