Based in London and writing for a global audience our aim is to produce EliteFootballTalk. Enjoy the site and feel welcome to join in our discussion on the beautiful game.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bale is one of the three best British players produced in the last 30 years

When I saw Gareth Bale play for the first time in an away match against Man Utd in August, I mentioned that Alex Ferguson should eventually sign the 18 year old full back as the long term replacement for Ryan Giggs.

Bale then disappeared somewhat after a bright start to his Spurs career - and really only resurfaced in the latter half of last season when he was outstanding in helping to drive Spurs to a Champs League position. At this time I often mentioned that Real Madrid should sign him up as a new Galactico.

This season Bale has gone into seamless overdrive. He is a one man stampede down the left wing. His attributes are stunning: he regularly beats his opponent with ease; has a fantastic delivery with his left foot; has a tremendous strength, pace, stamina, balance and athleticism; has an excellent on-field temperament; and can ping a left foot shot with a force and accuracy that few in the world can emulate.

For me I think that Bale is arguably the best British player I have seen since first watching football in the late 1980's. Giggs and Gascoigne are perhaps the two best that I have seen - and I do not hesitate to put Bale at their level.

What is your view?


Anonymous embee said...

Surely you should add Paul Scholes to that list?

11/26/2010 5:45 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The obvious difference is that Giggs managed to be that good consistently for over a decade. So far Bale has done it for a few months - plenty of other players (Lennon, Berbatov, Modric etc) have been awesome over that timeframe before fading away, so the real test will come next year and the one after that.

That said, at the moment he's out of this world so I wouldn't swap him for anyone!

11/26/2010 5:50 pm

Blogger T said...

Thanks Embee, I did seriously consider adding Scholes to the list, but ultimately concluded he slightly lacks that undoubted superstar quality that Giggs and Gascoigne had at their best.

Brilliant footballer though, no doubt.

Thanks also to Anon: definitely agree the test will come with time. But for me Bale transcends the players you mention - and I don't doubt he will prove over time that he is what he is: a footballing sensation.

11/26/2010 6:18 pm

Anonymous bobby said...

What a disgrace of an article!

Such a lack of respect to players who have performed consistently brilliantly over extended periods.

Bale has a looooooooooong way to go.

Pull your trousers up and wipe your chin.

11/26/2010 6:36 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Modric? Inconsistent? The most consitently good player for Spurs these past few season?

11/26/2010 8:36 pm

Blogger Carys said...

I rate Giggs, I loved Gazza and I love Modders despite the deep voice and miserable demeanour but none of that lot could have scored a hat trick at the San Siro in a ten man team against the European Champs. I was there and I reckon it will go down as one the best ever performances in football history. Bale is head and shoulders above the other players mentioned. Did you see his header against Blackburn? He is astonishing in every department: touch, balance, strength, crossing, heading, stamina, attitude, accuracy and confidence. Watch him over the next few years.

11/26/2010 9:51 pm

Anonymous Dale Newbery said...

ridiculous post, i'm a tottenham fan and i find this article pretty humourous. Bale, Gazza and Giggs. What divines a star then? Scholesy won the double win man utd yet hasnt got the star quality? What about Rooney? Gerrard? BECKHAM? for goodness sake!

I love Bale and love him in a spurs shirt but everyone please calm down, he deserves his praise yes but lets stop championing players before its due.

11/26/2010 10:36 pm

Blogger Skipper said...

Has a lot of potential.Only if he had a right foot he would have been amazing.

12/05/2010 8:48 pm


Post a Comment

<< Home


Locations of visitors to this page