— Footy Analyst (@analyst_footy) September 1, 2017
Gareth Bale has seen his name in the transfer news many times this summer. It is reported that Manchester United and Real Madrid agreed to a deal that would have seen Gareth Bale moved to the Old Trafford, however, Bale refused to sign with the Red Devils. Bale, who has won three Champions League trophies during his time in Spain, is desperate to stay at Real. With Ronaldo turning 33 next February, Madrid have told Bale they are relying on him more than ever and the Wales international is more than happy to stay with the club.
Gareth Bale is truly one of the most gifted footballers in the world. He possesses a large frame standing at six feet tall and he is exceptionally powerful with the ball at his feet. With lightining acceleration, he has been able to transition from the typical English winger to the ideal inside forward, switching from the left-wing to the right-wing during his time at Real Madrid. He also has the stamina to keep this engine running for the full 90 minutes of competitive play.
Bale’s final season at Tottenham saw him dominate the Premier League. He scored 21 goals and provided nine assists in 33 Premier League matches to win the PFA player of the year award. It wasn’t the first time Bale won the award in England. When he transitioned from a left-back to a left-winger at Spurs, his second full season on the wing saw him deliver the goods as a natural winger, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 11 in 41 appearances across all competitions to pick up the accolade at the young age of 22.
Retaining Gareth Bale through the transfer window will prove vital for the La Liga champions. Real Madrid is quite crowded with elite talent on the pitch but Bale’s ability to play on both wings offers a variety of tactical threats. His versatility allows Real Madrid to build more attacks down the wing as opposed to a one-dimensional style of play which sees opportunities generate mostly through a central attack. Upon his injury last season, Isco was named the starter and played exceptionally well. Many thought this would be the end of Gareth Bale’s time in the Spanish capital especially considering the rise of Marco Asensio as well. However, it seems that Bale has pledged his allegiance to Los Blancos and looks to be a vital piece of the offensive attack this season. Zidane is fortunate to have Bale alongside a plethora of elite attacking options to defend the La Liga title in the coming months.