Throughout Gareth Bale's early playing career, he has been positioned all over the pitch. His position has altered often when as a player he has developed, however now at Real Madrid he will be playing whereever there is space, but what is his most influential position?
Bale started his career as a left-back for Southampton, and when he joined Spurs for his younger years he was still played at left-back. However, Bale's drive to go forward and his determination to get around players alongside his blistering pace; Bale made a perfect left winger.
So Harry Redknapp the Spurs manager decided to use Bale as a left winger where he was extremely effective for Spurs and really enhanced his reputation. For some of his incredible 2012/2013 season Bale played as a left winger, but as Bale started to build a reputation as a goal scorer as well as a winger Andre Villas-Boas moved Bale in to a more central role giving Bale more freedom and making him their main source of goals. Bale enjoyed a great period just behind the striker and just like as a left winger Bale excelled.
However playing just behind the striker meant that Bale was able to show that he has more to his game which only attracted other clubs. Bale continued to grow as a player and ended up joining Real Madrid. In the central role Bale can receive the ball and take direct shots. For Spurs his shots were deadly from the centre and given a chance in the middle at Real Bale would be able to net goals just like at Spurs but would Ronaldo take lightly to Bale scoring more goals than him? Highly unlikely. Bale in the centre would also have to keep Isco out the team too another summer signing.
With Cristiano Ronaldo playing left midfield it is almost a certainty that Bale will not be playing out on the left wing. Unless Ronaldo is played up front; Karim Benzema is in poor form for Real Madrid lately and Ronaldo has all the attributes to be a success in the strikers position. Bale too could be played as a striker due to the lack of goals coming from Benzema but would be a bit out of his comfort zone. Bale dribbles with the ball at his feet so elegantly and as a striker he would not be able to dribble as routinely. Bale's shooting ability is special but Bale's all round attributes mean he is more suited in a midfield position and if Real Madrid are to rely on one of their attacking midfielders to play the striker role it is more likely to be Ronaldo.
Bale's first game for Real Madrid saw him play out wide again but this time out on the right. Bale out on the right can come inside and release vigerous shots, out on the right his shooting ability can be utilised and not wasted, but with a team of world class players around him Bale is no longer the main source of goals meaning he cannot shoot as frequently. Another problem with Bale playing the right wing is Angel Di Maria is in hot form. The Argentine has been doing his up most to keep Bale out the team and it is unlikely that Maria is to give up his position.
Bale's quality, height and pace mean that Bale can play in a surfeit amount of positions but with a vast amount of quality located at Real Madrid, Bale may have to adapt his game to play in which ever position Carlo Ancelotti plays him. Ancelotti of course will decide where Bale is to play but with most of the midfield on top of their game Bale's position may differ each game, fortunately he has the relevant qualities to play nearly every position.
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