Over the past few weeks, everybody from the club’s president Fiorentino Perez to Real Madrid’s legend, Raul have been saying that transfer fee to bring Gareth Bale to Real Madrid is ludicrous. All the players at the club and the coach himself has insisted that Gareth Bale will be surplus to requirements.
Especially, after spending over €80m on Daniel Carvajal, Casemiro, Isco and Asier Illarramendi.
It seems as though there is no need to splash the cash on one player, who would cost more than all of these four combined. It seems to defy all logic. But, why then, are Madrid, still hell bent on signing him?
The answer to that question is one that nobody knows, maybe it is just a PR stunt or maybe it is serious business. Maybe, once it is all done, the truth might surface the light of day. So, now, whilst Bale will definitely bring a lot to the table, let us look at five reasons why he would be a bane, rather than a boon.
Madrid already have a plethora of attacking midfielders and wingers
In Mesut Ozil, Isco, Luka Modric, Kaka, Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid already have plenty of players who occupy the attacking midfield and wings. Even without Bale, Carlo Ancelotti already faces a selection headache as he tries to fit all these players into a cohesive unit.
If Bale comes in, he would likely be starting every game. Real Madrid have a world class attack, and adding Gareth Bale is an expensive luxury the club do not need.
He will hamper the progress of Madrid’s young players
One of the many things that Perez had promised, was that the Galacticos will slowly fade away and the club will focus on building a solid Spanish core of players, which hasn’t materialised until now.
But with some of Real’s young guns, Alvaro Morata and Jese in fine form and the arrival of Isco, Carvajal and Illarramendi, there are some promising prospects who will not get an opportunity to play if Bale is signed.
Ronaldo’s presence makes Bale redundant
Whilst Bale is no doubt a talented player, it’s hard to imagine what he would bring to the table that Ronaldo isn’t already providing. Bale rose to prominence as a finisher, with an ability to strike a mean dead ball. In Ronaldo, Real already have a similar type of player, who is at his peak, so why would they want to spend an awful lot of cash on a player, who hasn’t proven that he can do it year after year.
Ronaldo isn’t leaving Real any time soon
As a direct replacement for Ronaldo, the move for Bale makes perfect sense. But, although there has been a lot of mixed signals coming out of the Real camp, there is nothing concrete that proves that Ronaldo wants out of Madrid. He now looks set to All of which means that Bale would only be surplus to requirements and cause disharmony amongst the squad.
Bale’s Injury history
Whilst Bale’s career is certainly on the upward trajectory, his injury history would make any club think twice before signing him, especially given the amount that is branded around. Because, quite simply, Bale’s injury record is far from ideal, last season notwithstanding, Bale has had back, hamstring, and ankle issues throughout his career. Whilst injuries can’t be predicted, it still doesn’t make sense to spend such silly money on someone who has missed significant parts of the previous four seasons.
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