After yet another world class performance on the big stage, we ask what is Gareth Bale’s next move? Should he go to Barcelona? Should he go elsewhere, at home or abroad? Or, should he just stay at Spurs?
Rumours are already rife that Barcelona are interested, and as the Kings of Europe in all but name (admittedly quite a big thing, but lets face it they are the best team in Europe by a mile), should he consider it? Should he go? If you believe the papers, the world is his oyster, so we’ve weighed it up and narrowed it down to 3 options…
Barcelona: An attractive prospect in anyone’s book. The question is, would he fit in there? Would they cater for an attacking wide man on the left? Or would this be too much with Dani Alves on the opposite flank? And what about loyalty? Does he owe Spurs more time? Almost certainly yes, but does he owe it to himself to play at the very highest level? More importantly would he fit in with the Barca style of play? There is an argument that a midfield of Busquets, Keita, Xavi and Iniesta needs width but could Bale offer that and the same level of passing and control to play in midfield or could he defend better than Abidal at left back? Also, the language barrier, although he has overcome the Anglo-Welsh problems through playing in the Premier League!
Man Utd: There are obvious parallels to be drawn with Ryan Giggs at this stage of Bale’s career – both Welsh, both left-sided, both young, exciting, pacy wingers and both with incredibly suspect hairstyles at that age, but could he be the heir to Giggs’ throne? He’s certainly got the talent, got an admirer in Sir Alex and could develop under his stewardship (providing Fergie’s there long enough), and has got the strikers to aim his crosses at should he move to Old Trafford. But would he be given the freedom on the left? Could he be United’s answer to the pace and width that they have sorely missed since Ronaldo’s departure?
Spurs: Or would Bale thrive most in a familiar environment? Could he do the unthinkable and stay at a club that signed him to do a job and not leave until that job is done?? In fairness, although he’s obviously not a one club man he has made noises that Spurs are the club for him at the moment. Although Redknapp seems to give him the confidence and freedom that he thrives on, not so sure that he’s the best manager to plead for loyalty given his track record. And I wonder how long Bale can put up with Crouch wasting the majority of the gilt-edged chances that he’s created. Watch this space..
Verdict: Ignore the overtures from Barca, Man Utd, Inter, Mourinho, Chelsea and the rest and stick with Spurs for now, then we’ll see.
Valuation: Despite Redknapp’s £50 million valuation, a good £20 million bid would force the money men at White Hart Lane to at least consider letting their young talisman fly the nest.
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