Danny Gabbidon lauded the ‘world-class’ Tottenham forward Gareth Bale, during Sky Sports‘ live coverage of Wales’ win against Finland on Wednesday night.
The 31-year-old provided an assist for his country as they won their UEFA Nations League group and Gabbidon was mightily impressed with the influence Bale has on the team.
After recently netting his first goal for Spurs since his return to the club, Bale has provided two assists whilst on national duty and he is seemingly getting back to his best.
Former Wales defender Gabbidon shared how their left-footed superstar is ‘that good’ that he doesn’t even need to be at 100% to cause havoc to opposition defenders.
“Even at 75/80%, he is still better than most players,” said Gabbidon. “He is still going to affect games and make something happen. We saw the assist in the Republic of Ireland game and another assist for Harry Wilson tonight. Even if he’s not scoring, he is affecting games, he is that good.
“He has the world-class ability, first and foremost. When you see his name on the sheet then it gives the rest of the squad a massive lift. Other players know what an important player he is on the pitch.
“But not just that, in the dressing room as well. He has grown into a natural leader now. He doesn’t act like a superstar. You wouldn’t have thought that he played for Real Madrid. He doesn’t give off that kind of arrogance, or anything like that. He makes all the players feel comfortable in his presence. He is just a normal lad. And as you saw tonight, he is still capable of producing match-winning moments.”
If the European Championships had taken place on its rightful date then Wales may have seen a completely different Bale to the ones they will see next summer.
Bale hardly played for Real Madrid last season and he was heading into the summer with no form or real fitness to push himself and his country.
But now, he is getting better by the week, and by the time the summer kicks in once again in 2021, Wales may see the best Bale they have seen in a long while and if they do then he would have done the business for Spurs along the way as well.