Blogs & Opinion


Gareth the great

Jamie Redknapp - Jamie Redknapp Posted 3rd February 2013 view comments

Jamie Redknapp believes Gareth Bale should now be spoken about in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Tottenham winger was at his scintillating best in the Super Sunday victory over West Brom, with his explosive 67th-minute strike - his 12th of the season - proving to be the matchwinner at The Hawthorns.

Bale: brilliance hailed by Redknapp

Bale: brilliance hailed by Redknapp

Sky Sports expert Redknapp was left purring over his all-round display at the end of the game and says the Welshman, who turns 24 next July, is set to become one of the most important players in world football.

"It felt like it was West Brom against Gareth Bale today," he said.

"Every time he got the ball he did something productive. He went forward with the ball and there was a little bit of showboating, but he ran into areas, he was winning tackles at times and was brave as well. I just feel he's a different class and it's like he's got three lungs because he's so incredibly fit.

I'd put him up there with the Ronaldos and Messis of this world. There's no two ways about it, he's going to be anything he wants in the next few years.

Jamie Redknapp
Quotes of the week

"He's worth the entrance fee. If you'd gone there as a neutral you'd have got value for money watching him play. He was absolutely world class.

"I'd put him up there with the Ronaldos and Messis of this world. There's no two ways about it, he's going to be anything he wants in the next few years.

"He's 23 years of age, he scores goals, he's great in the air and he's a fantastic athlete. There aren't any weaknesses there."

Disgraceful

But while Redknapp was full of praise for the Tottenham man, he was rather less effusive in his comments about West Brom defender Goran Popov.

The full-back was shown a red card shortly after half-time for spitting at Kyle Walker and the Sky Sports expert says his team-mates will be furious with him for an act that put them at a huge disadvantage.

"It's disgraceful," Redknapp said.

"He's let his team-mates down and he's let himself down. How can you condone what he's done?

"At that stage I'm sure Steve Clarke was delighted with how they'd done. It was 0-0 and things were fine - and he decided to do that.

"Mark Clattenburg did really well in that he saw it and acted on it really quickly. It was completely wrong and scandalous and you don't do things like that.

"He deserves to be fined for that and whatever comes his way. He'll get three games for the red card and more than that he's cost his team by doing such a silly act.

"His team-mates had to run around for the next 35 minutes chasing Gareth Bale. I hope he goes in and apologises to them because he let everybody down."

NullData

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Paul Merson

Merson's predictions

Merse tips draws for Arsenal and Man City and a win for Man United because of their name, not their form....

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie: Arsenal must prove progress

If Arsenal want the title they must shut out the top teams, starting with Everton, says Jamie Redknapp....

Guillem Balague

Balague: no room for James

Guillem Balague says £63m man James Rodriguez may struggle to find his place in the Real Madrid line-up....

Latest News RSS feeds

Thursday live!

Keep up to date with all of the midweek action from the Europa League

Live transfer updates

Liverpool agree £16m Mario Balotelli fee, Arsenal are keen to strengthen and Angel Di Maria wants out of Real Madrid.

Mackay shocked by allegations

Malky Mackay's representatives have told Sky Sports News HQ that Mackay is shocked by the allegations against him.

Spurs hit back to sink AEL

Tottenham hit back from a goal down to win 2-1 away at AEL Limassol in the first leg of their Europa League playoff.

Liverpool agree Balotelli fee

Liverpool have agreed a £16m fee with Milan for striker Mario Balotelli.

Features

Premier League Transfer: New signing Marcos Rojo must prove the critics wrong once again at Manchester United

Premier League Transfer: New signing Marcos Rojo must prove the critics wrong once again at Manchester United

It’s not Arturo Vidal or Mats Hummels but it seems Manchester United finally have a new signing in £16million man Marcos Rojo. The Argentine defender will arrive at Old Trafford with more questions than those believing him to have the answers. No matter. Rojo has proved the critics wrong before.

Champions League playoff: Arsenal survive Besiktas test with Calum Chambers impressive in the centre of defence

Champions League playoff: Arsenal survive Besiktas test with Calum Chambers impressive in the centre of defence

It was a night that always threatened to be ghastly for Arsenal, the type of long European trip that smacks of the clichéd banana skin so early in the season.

Transfer News: Sky Bet rate Liverpool's chances of signing each of the strikers on their reported shortlist

Transfer News: Sky Bet rate Liverpool's chances of signing each of the strikers on their reported shortlist

In a recent statistical write up by Whoscored.com, over 60 per cent of Skysports.com readers named Marco Reus as the much-needed forward they believe Liverpool should sign before the summer transfer deadline.