It’s a remarkable statement when it’s clear for all to see just how effective Bale has been in that role this season and the fact it would prevent Spurs from having to blow big money on a forward this summer.
“We fine-tuned Gareth to play there and he has been tremendous because his talent allows him to be adaptable. I’m not sure that the shift is definitive but it does give us the option of using him in different positions,” AVB told Yahoo.
While it’s not going to be decisive in terms of Bale’s future, it’s a factor which could work against the club because Bale will more than likely want to maintain a role in that position.
Sticking him back out on the left wing next year could be very counter productive as it’s arguably easier for teams to contain Bale when he’s playing a wider role in the side e.g. how Manchester United dealt with him at White Hart Lane.
That is going to be very annoying for a young man who has just won every award going and someone who is getting used to the attention and praise which comes with his new position.
He may prefer that role from the left back position he started playing at Southampton and the left winger he gradually developed into at Tottenham. There seems a strong air of, if it’s not broken, don’t try and fix it about AVB’s comments.
Tottenham cannot afford to mess around in any way, shape or form when it comes to Bale because he is that important to the current side and the team the boss will take into next season.
The teams interested in offering him a route out of White Hart Lane will not think twice about letting him play wherever he likes in each and every game and that is going to be an appealing factor for the Welshman.
One possible factor that provides a little bit of logic behind AVB’s thinking is the fact that Spurs have no genuine left winger who can go and play that attacking role down one side of the pitch.
Aaron Lennon could be moved over to the other winger, but that would simply change the position of the problem.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby have both been used in that left midfield role while Bale has played centrally and although they can do a job there, they are nowhere near as prolific as Bale.
It comes down to whether he puts pressure on Spurs to leave him where he is, which means the club needs a left winger this summer, or whether AVB stands firm, which means the club has to go and get a decent goalscoring striker this summer.
Would you leave him where he is?
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