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Oi! Stop Messing With Your Barnet Gareth!


Written by Lauren Coupe

This was the cry from Harry Redknapp to Gareth Bale when he first started his reign as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.  Bale was a weak kid, always limping off in training due to any form of contact, giving simple balls away on match day, along with that frustrating barnet he had on his head.

At first I thought it was just me who had a problem with him flicking his ’emo’ fringe whilst completely missing the ball – but Harry has come out today praising the fella’s recent displays and stated that he was always telling Gareth off in training for messing with his barnet.  Since the hair cut, he’s been a different player! He’s looked stronger, fitter, sharper and his eye for goal is just superb.

He was the key man in Tottenham’s squad towards the end of last season, scoring some very rememberable goals against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.  Under Harry Redknapp, he has flourished and with that fantastic goal against Stoke in the 2-1 win at the weekend, he is starting to look world class.  The worry is that if Tottenham don’t keep up their Champions League efforts that Bale may move on to a bigger club.  He did recently sign a new four year deal contract with Tottenham in the summer, although contracts mean nothing these days in football.  Players want success and if a player like Bale doesn’t receive that, then it could become a worry.

Tottenham fans complain that they need a star, someone to help push them on in the Champions League – failing to realise that the star has been there all along.  Is Bale the man to help push Tottenham on in the Champion’s League?  I think yes.  Without Bale, Tottenham wouldn’t be half as threatening on the field.  If Tottenham were to ever lose Bale on the form he is in at the moment, whether to injury or some wild unlikely transfer, it would be a disaster for the club.



  1. Pete J

    August 24, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Bale is definitely a world class player, but I don’t think it is correct to say that the club’s success relies soley on him. You have to remember that he only came into the first team when BAE was out injured in January and we were already near the top of the table at this point. He certainly poses a big threat, but we need a team of world class players if we are going to move to the next level. We have some great players in Dawson, Modric, Lenon and Defoe to name a few but they need to up their game to be considered truly world class. We also need to buy 1-2 world class players to improve the squad. Bale has had a good 2010, but he needs to continue to perform consistently to be considered one of the greats.

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