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James Dielhenn On October - 29 - 2010

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, The Next Calcio Legend?

When Gareth Bale scored his first goal for Tottenham against Inter, reducing the deficit from 4-0 to 4-1, it was immediately obvious that his searing pace and instinctive finish could grace a top European team.  Tottenham were dead and buried in the Champions League tie, but they still had Bale.

He then dribbled down the left again, leaving Maicon in his wake, of all people.  He smashed in a second goal and, although Tottenham had seemingly still been thrashed, the young winger could take plenty of credit for his efforts.  When he scored a hat-trick with his deadly left boot, he would steal the headlines from Inter’s dominant first half display.

Plenty of Serie A presidents, managers and sporting directors jumped on the Bale bandwagon afterwards, claiming they were aware of his abilities and had enquired to sign him.  Tottenham would rue losing the Welshman, but for a bid of around £30 million, he could potentially end up in Italy in the near future.

Even with Inter, against whom he made his name, Bale could sign one day.  Rafa Benitex’s 4-2-3-1 would be ideal for a lightning-quick winger to provide ammunition for Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito.  Bale could be fielded on the left of the three players behind the centre-forward.  With Milito furthest forward, and Wesley Sneijder pulling the strings, the speed of Eto’o and Bale on the wings could be frightening.

Milan were also quick to claim an interest in the 21-year-old.  Any move for him may be dependent on offloading some of their top-heavy squad, however.  Milan often favour a 4-3-3 formation, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a centre-forward, and Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho on the wings.  Ronaldinho currently occupies the left wing spot, and Bale would only arrive if the Brazilian left in the summer, surely.  It is therefore interesting that Ronaldinho’s future is still up for debate.  Bale’s arrival would mean Milan would need to stick to a 4-3-3, and not the sometimes-used 4-3-1-2, which leaves no position on the wing for him to occupy.

Juventus could be an interesting destination. They are overhauling their squad and a marquee signing could be needed.  Milos Krasic is currently dynamite on the right wing of a 4-4-2, and with Bale on the opposite flank, Juve would have pace to threaten anyone.  Juve favour the same formation that Bale has been educated with in England.

It would financially difficult for any Italian club to buy Bale, but then again nobody expected the arrival of Robinho or Ibrahimovic this summer.  If the prodigious youngster does arrive, he has the potential and talent to be around for a very long time at the top level.

  • spursman79

    Gareth bale did not make his name against inter that is totally undervaluing what the lad has done non stop and consistently for spurs over the last year, he will never end up in italian football, it will be spain if it is gonna be abroad.

  • Walker

    ouch! Well if Serie A was good enough for Ince, Gascoigne and Platt to further their careers why not Bale?

  • spursman79

    how did ince, gazza and platt further there careers? they won nothing in italy and returned home much worse players for it, i have nothing against serie A but in football its about money and the likes of barca and madrid will not only pay stupid money for a player but also pay way over the top wages, thats before we get into the wages clubs like man city and chelsea can offer.

  • fidel

    some people write stupid stuff just for writting sake.the first four most paid soccer players are from Spain and Italy not England. C Ronaldo,Ibra,Messi and Etoo i have not seen any player from England there. Inter and Milan has more money than most English teams. English football is over rated and that is why their national team sucks.

  • Nathan

    Fidel….. for a start, it’s football, not “soccer”

    and how do you know who the top paid players in the world are? did they tell you? no.

    dont criticise other people’s work if you haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about

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