Well less than 12 months back and Gareth Bale was in the wilderness and seemingly frozen out by Harry, it looked as though he would be sold or loaned out in January and Nottingham Forest were the front runners. What a difference a few months can make.
More than luck than by good judgement by Harry as an injury to BAE forced the hand of the gaffer to give Bale his chance again at left back and boy oh boy did this kid take his chance. In fact I don’t think I have ever seen anybody grab a chance better in my life than Gareth Bale has done. This kid in less than a year has gone from almost joining Nottingham Forest to the hottest property in the Premier League.
Bale was signed by Tottenham for around £10million in the summer of 2007 from Southampton, he arrived as a 17 year old with great promise. He was in an out of the team for the first season due to picking up some injuries but he did chip in with a couple of goals along the way. He missed the back end of the season with ligament damage.
The following season Bale was a bit part player under both Ramos and Redknapp, unfortunately Bale had a hoodoo hanging over him which saw Tottenham not win a Premiership match in 24 attempts with Bale in the team. I think Harry read too much into this because he really didn’t seem to want Bale anywhere near his starting XI and for most part of the 2008/09 season Bale was frozen out again at left back in favour of BAE. None could really argue too much because BAE was really growing as a player and had become one of our best left backs in recent times.
2009/10 Started the same for Gareth and it looked as though he finally had enough and wanted to move in January but then fate decided to step in. BAE was due to play for Cameroon in the African Cup Of Nations so would have missed a few games but he actually picked up an injury just before. This saw Harry throw Bale into the team once again at left back for the FA Cup 3rd round match agaisnt Peterborough to which he was very impressive. He then started agaisnt Fulham in which we won 2-0 and finally his first win as a starter ending the Premiership curse hanging over his head and once again putting in an impressive display. In face for about 5 games in a row Bale was our best player from left back.
Bale seemed to be tearing teams to pieces when getting forward, he was good at defending but seemed to lack concentration and get caught out a lot, especially agaisnt the top teams. This showed when we faced Man Utd and Redknapp put BAE right back and Bale on the left, neither player felt comfortable and it showed. Harry has now found that when both are fit that playing Bale left mid and BAE left back does the trick. I can see why Redknapp wants to turn Bale into a good defender because of his ability to get forward as well it is like having 2 players in 1 on the left which is effectively like having an extra man in midfield.
With our push for 4th and that Elusive Champions League spot still up for grabs, Bale hit the winners agaisnt Arsenal and Chelsea. He finished the season as an icon to the fans. Gareth Bale had gone from the forgotten man to a player indispensible to the club. Even some of the big European teams have been sniffing around Bale but thankfully he has signed a new deal at the lane. Bale looks as though he is now enjoying life at the Lane and is truely adored by the Tottenham supporters. Since breaking into the team last January I don’t think Bale has had a really bad game, he is now one of the most exciting players to watch.
This season has started the same as the last finished for Bale, he looked threatening agaisnt Manchester City on the opening day and he bagged himself a brace agaisnt Stoke at the weekend, the highlights for that and the download can be found in the highlights section under the streams tab. If you haven’t seen his second goal yet then you must see it.
So this is the story of Gareth Bale, the rise and fall and then rise again of Bale, I think he is now established as one of the best players in the Premiership and he is ours and at still only 21 we have plenty more of him to see.Follow @TrfficTottenham