Real Madrid’s world record signing could be forced to play in Real Madrid’s back four this weekend.
Gareth Bale is facing the prospect of a throw back to his Southampton and early Tottenham days with reports suggesting he could be used at left back on his Real Madrid debut by current coach Carlo Ancelotti.
With Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao unavailable, Ancelotti has been left scratching his head at who he’s going to use to solidify the left side of Real Madrid’s defence in this weekend’s match against Villarreal.
Bale’s experience at left back makes him a natural choice although it goes against every piece of attacking talent and form he has shown over the last couple of season in Spurs colours.
There is also a risk of problems should Bale play in the back four because an inability to speak Spanish could mean communication issues between the Welshman and other defenders in terms of trying to keep the back four organised.
The only other alternative for Ancelotti is possibly playing Nacho in the back four, which would allow Bale to push forward to a more contemporary attacking position. However, the fact he’s only made eight appearances in his entire career with the club mans that in itself is another risk.
What would you do? Would you be surprised to see Bale in the back four?
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