Redknapp on Bale – There can’t be a better left-sided player anywhere


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Harry Redknapp believes that Gareth Bale is potentially the best left-sided player around.

The Welsh international has impressed at both left-back and left midfield since his return to the Spurs side in January, with Redknapp comparing Bale to Glen Johnson.

Redknapp told the Ham & High: “Gareth is similar to Glen Johnson. They have that similar quality and ability to get forward and run all day,” 

“They both have skill. Glen comes forward, he can beat full-backs and get crosses in. He comes inside, gets shots in, has one-twos. His all-around game has come on and improved since going to Portsmouth. Gareth is the same. He has everything, absolutely everything.

“He’s now showing that ability I saw when he was a kid at Southampton. There can’t be a better left-sided player anywhere. If he were English he’d be going to the World Cup now, that’s for sure.

“He can play left-back or wide left in midfield, he’s six foot and has great a physique. He can run all day, has an unbelievable left foot, has skill and his heading is top-class – he can do everything.

“Cliff Jones, the Double-winner, said the other night that Bale will be the first Welsh player to get 100 caps. I didn’t realise no-one had.”

“He has just developed himself. He has got stronger, he’s grown up and is tougher,” added Redknapp. “He’s mentally tougher. I always felt he would get a little knock and limp off in training. He doesn’t do that any more. Maybe it’s because I said to the physio ‘when he gets injured leave him on the floor. Don’t keep running over to him’.

“The defensive part of his game has improved. He realised he had to improve that side of his game. We talked to him about it and worked with him in training. Now defensively he’s not vulnerable.

“He’s a different boy altogether. He’s aggressive, strong and has everything to be a great player. And he’s a smashing lad, there couldn’t be a nicer boy.”

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  1. He tends to play anywhere across midfield and behind front two u moron!!! He means left sided like patrice evra or David ginola or Ryan giggzy!! Hello????

    • It says “left-sided player” – I take that as a player who favours his left side.
      I don’t want to fight with a fellow Yid – we are all fighting for the same cause!
      I’m sorry if I offended you, if I misunderstood the article, yet I don’t find it fair I’m being called a moron and idiot.


      Yid from oz

  2. The boy is gold. Can’t wait to see Bale and Lennon running the wings against the Scum and Blue Scum with Thudd and Pal in the middle, King and awesome at back then Super Pav and Defoe knocking em in. We’ll take em to the f**king cleaners. Keep the faith. COYS :D


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