Bale: It couldn’t have gone any better since January


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Gareth Bale believes that the stability at Tottenham Hotspur has helped him to rediscover his form.

The 20-year-old was brought to White Hart Lane in May 2007 by Martin Jol and is now back in favour under Harry Redknapp after a long spell out injured.

“I think as you get older you become more experienced and more mature, and obviously confidence is a big thing,” he said.

“Inside, I knew what I could do, but it was just getting opportunities to show that. Since January I’ve had that chance and it couldn’t have gone any better.

“Obviously, I think you learn more quickly. There are tough times, but when you get your chance at a younger age you take so much on-board – that’s a good thing, it earns you sound experience which will shape the way you go on to play the game.

“Progressing from the youth-team to the first-team is a big step but I think if your temperament is right and you have quality people around you, then the rewards can be fantastic.

“What has helped is that the manager’s come in and there’s a bit of stability now,” Bale added.

“Everybody’s focused on what we’re doing on the pitch. Everyone’s enjoying the fact that we’re exceeding expectations in the Premier League; we just want to do as well as we can.”

“I’ve been working with all the coaching staff to help with my all-round game,” he added.

“Whenever the opportunity has arrived to play first-team football I’ve been trying my best and hopefully, in their eyes, have been playing well. Fine-tuning my defensive skills has been an important part of that.

“I’m an attacking full-back so that offensive side of my game comes naturally. Getting forward, that’s my game. I like to move up the pitch at every opportunity. I do think I needed to work at my defensive skills and I’ve done that now so hopefully I can just keep improving.

“Combining the two has, I hope, made the Gareth Bale package all the better. It has certainly been a very exciting time.

“I still feel I’m most comfortable at full-back but in recent matches I’ve been moved further forward. It’s another new challenge and, if the manager feels we are a better proposition as a result of it, then I am happy with that.”

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  1. He has shown vast improvement! No complains or moans from him on his lack of first team opportunities. Shown fiery committment and drive on field each time he plays! He is my vote for the Most Improved Player of the Season for Spurs!


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