I feel like there has remained a lingering feeling among Manchester United personnel that Gareth Bale, for whatever reason, will not live up to the standards that we expect any mega-millions player to meet week-in and week-out.
However, it's time to ditch that antiquated perception because... well, it's antiquated.
Sure Bale has a long history of injury problems that would probably worry any sensible man who has the faintest idea of the rigours that weekly Premier League sport brings, but surely the potential merits outweigh the possible downfalls.
In short, despite buying 20-year-old whizzkid Wilfried Zaha from a newly-promoted Crystal Palace, United's wingers aren't convincing enough to merit them a place in the team.
Last year, Sir Alex Ferguson started experimenting with a diamond in midfield, thereby leaving out wingers at all. David moyes is a practical man and will understand that if he can get more out of four central midfielders, he will.
That said, United have a longstanding tradition of lining up the best wingers and letting them run rampant up and down the lateral sides of the hallowed Old Trafford turf. Current wingers are not enough to maintain that tradition.
Between them, Nani, Antonio Valencia, and the perpetually injured Ashley Young didn't even get five goals last season. To put this into perspective, consider the fact that 32-year-old left-back Patrice Evra managed to bag five goals last season on his own.
As United fans can see, there is a problem on the wings. Bringing in the Premier League's best player can certainly help that situation. For all the naysayer's whose doubts stem from his infamous injury record, one must look over to the front of United's line-up at a certain Dutch superstar who also came with his long list of woes.
At this same time last year, many fans and management were questioning whether or not the idea of bringing in a 28-year-old with an injury record is worthwhile. Well guess what? That probably proved to be one of the best pieces of business Ferguson had ever done.
Van Persie fearlessly led the line, sometimes individually inspiring important performances. It's very telling that at a point last year, some considered United a one man team.
Well, Bale has the same record of excellence, the same record of frequent injury, and had four years on Van Persie. It would be absolutely foolish to let this kind of deal go because of some mild fears. United can afford the player, and he has proven himself one of the best on the planet. For further evidence, just look at the nominees for the Ballon d'Or.
United can afford the player, so why not take a chance. The reward clearly outweighs the risk here. Bale is at an age where he will still have great resale value for the next six years. From a financial perspective, it's a no brainer.
Bale is clearly one of the best players on the planet at the moment and it seems like it is going to stay that way for a while. One would be delusional to say that one doesn't miss seeing Cristiano Ronaldo running up and down the wing, terrorising wingers and scoring goals.
Bale could fill the void on the left wing that Nani, Young, and Shinji Kagawa have unsuccessfully tried to occupy. Fortune favours the bold and there is no better time than now to act.
United need to move for Bale now.
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