Blogs & Opinion


Features:

Recent Comments:

Sam Tankard on After the disaster

"It's been the same old season for Arsenal, throwing away silly points at important moments in the season. Mers is right, out hopes of landing the title are over (again) and at the same ... " View all comments

David Jones remains adamant Gareth Bale is one of the world's top players

Features - David Jones Posted 27th February 2013 view comments

Gareth Bale was at his brilliant best again on Monday night - his brace helping Spurs to a 3-2 win at London rivals West Ham.

What a joy to watch Bale in full flight right now and I'm fortunate enough to say I've done so in person several times this season. My view hasn't changed, Bale deserves to be talked about among the very best footballers in the world.

Bale: up there with the best in the world, says Jones

Bale: up there with the best in the world, says Jones

How often does a player come along who can single-handedly win matches in the manner the Welshman has been for club and country all season Tottenham are a good top seven Premier League side but Bale alone adds the x-factor which is catapulting them towards another season of Champions League football at White Hart Lane.

His detractors say he can't be judged amongst the world's best because he hasn't done it in the Champions League. I refer them to the San Siro blitz when Bale destroyed Maicon with a sensational second half hat-trick which rescued Spurs from humiliation.

His detractors say he can't be judged amongst the world's best because he hasn't done it in the Champions League. I refer them to the San Siro blitz.

David Jones
Quotes of the week

That was two years ago and Bale has grown in stature and influence since. The one weakness to his game I would suggest is an area others cite as strength.

Of his 15 Premier League goals this season 11 have come away from home, which is often used as means to judge a quality goalscorer. But why?

Perhaps when Spurs play away opposition teams are less wary of Bale's threat and leave space behind in which he can torment teams with his blistering pace.

At White Hart Lane, teams tend to pack their defence, double up on Bale and try to frustrate him through sheer weight of numbers.

But even that argument is being blown away by his current form in which his long range shooting has come to the fore.

At home against Newcastle recently Bale almost beat them on his own, running from deep, picking up the ball in central areas where he seems to be at his best.

Is Bale good enough for Real Madrid or Barcelona?

Imagine how effective he would be with a more regular supply line - with Xavi and Iniesta or Xabi Alonso detailed to bring out the best in him.

And how much would he cost? You're talking telephone numbers because Bale is already in that unique bracket of player for his club ... irreplaceable.

On the show...

Why be a football manager? That's the question we'll ask on The Footballers' Football Show this week.

On the best of days your team will lift a trophy, you will be hailed a hero, lauded in the press and respected by your peers. But unless you are Sir Alex Ferguson those days come along only once in a career - if at all.

On the worst of days your team will lose, you will experience the despair of relegation, feel the stinging bitter resentment of anguished fans, lose your dressing room and face the sack, the ultimate public humiliation.

Since the start of July, there have been 43 managerial changes, 40 of which have come in the three football leagues. Which, using those figures, suggests there's probably less than a 40 per cent chance a football league club will end the season with same manager who started it.

Stale Solbakken, Paul Dickov and Graham Westley have all lost their jobs this season at Wolves, Oldham and Preston simultaneously.

Can they help to explain the short-termism which is making management such a dangerous job?

Watch The Footballers' Football Show, 10.30pm, Thu, Sky Sports 1 HD.

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Ray Wilkins

Wilkins: Rooney for captain

Ray Wilkins says Wayne Rooney is the "standout candidate" for the England captaincy....

Jamie Carragher

Carra: Gerrard hard to replace

Jamie Carragher says there’s no natural replacement for Steven Gerrard in the England team....

Martin Tyler

Tyler: We need Stevie's values

Steven Gerrard can inspire the next generation of England stars even in retirement, says Martin Tyler....

Latest News RSS feeds

Ze Eduardo moves to Cesena

Cesena have stepped up preparations for their return to Serie A by signing Brazilian midfielder Ze Eduardo from Parma.

Live transfer updates

Fraizer Campbell is to have a medical at Crystal Palace, while Gylfi Sigurdsson is closing in on a switch to Swansea.

Woodward: United can spend big

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says the club is prepared to break transfer records, if necessary.

Sky Sports News HQ is coming

Sky Sports News will relaunch on channel 401 as Sky Sports News HQ from August 12.

Liverpool 'bigger than Suarez'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Features

Why new signing Willy Caballero has the ability to usurp Joe Hart as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper

Why new signing Willy Caballero has the ability to usurp Joe Hart as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper

With Joe Hart celebrating title success with Manchester City after five consecutive wins to finish the season, it is easy to forget that for the second campaign in a row the England goalkeeper had struggled.

James Rodriguez is a Real Madrid player for £63million - now Carlo Ancelotti must work out how to fit him in

James Rodriguez is a Real Madrid player for £63million - now Carlo Ancelotti must work out how to fit him in

“Why put another layer of gold plate on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?”