It may seem that Gareth Bale is receiving a lot of the limelight as of late, but there is good reason for all of the hype surrounding the Welsh wizard.
In Wales’s last friendly against Iceland anyone watching would have borne witness yet again to how influential the Welshman can be in games. The Real Madrid man had an input in all three of the goals scored by Wales in their impressive 3-1 victory over a full-strength Iceland side.
The pivotal moment of the game came in the 70th minute, when Bale drove home to seal victory, after an impressive dribble from inside his own half. His talents are no secret to followers of the Premier league who last season saw the damage Bale can cause, firing on all cylinders for Tottenham, eventually earning himself a record breaking move to the Bernabeu.
As for Wales, they have been drawn in Group B for the Euro qualification phase, alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra. And with the increase in the number of teams making the finals, Wales chances of qualifying are looking pretty decent.
Wales have been blessed with a number of top class players in the past Ian Rush and Ryan Giggs, to name but a couple; however Bale seems to have something extra. He is the type of player who can win a game on his own and has done so on a regular basis for both club and country. For Real Madrid Bale is just another world-class player linking up with his teammates who collectively destroy defences week in week out.
For Wales as he was for Tottenham, Bale is the main man and his teammates try to get the ball to him as much as possible.
Some players are unplayable - think Messi and Ronaldo - no matter how hard opposition managers try to stop them, they always seem to come up with the goods to break down the opposition defence.
This is what Bale will be trying to do for Wales in qualifying and there is no reason why ex-Southampton youth player won’t be able to realise the dreams of every Welshman born after 1958: to see Wales compete in the finals of a major tournament.
If Bale alone is not enough, Wales can also rely on the services of Aaron Ramsey, who has been influential at the emirates this season netting 13 goals before picking up a thigh injury on Boxing Day which has kept him side-lined for an extended period.
With these two fit Wales stand a great chance of making the trip to France and giving Welsh football fans something to cheer about after a long painful 58-year wait.
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