He'd always had the drive and a top work ethic but was never the finished article, with more crosses finishing up in Park Lane than what you may call a more 'favourable' position on the pitch. The past shines a dim light on the Gareth Bale that showed immeasurable potential at Southampton.
But how the boy's a new signing, a valuable asset and the sort that now confers that feeling of genuine hope when he receives the ball; much like when a certain Aaron Lennon graces the pitch.. I'd never thought I'd say that about a Welsh footballer that's for sure. Ok, minus Ryan Giggs that is.
Bale is most definitely having his strongest and most successful season in the Premier League and, after enduring such a torrid time and catching his breath back, Michel Salgado heaped praise onto the Welshman's shoulders. Following our home win against Blackburn the former Spain international stated: "Bale is like Vicente from Valencia. He was a player who drove forward with the ball. He is a good player, with a good future and he's playing for a top team so he has a chance to be a very good player in the future."
I won't repeat the rest of what he said. He pins his defensive frailties down to cheating, it wasn't very nice. But anyway, on current form, I can't think of anyone I'd have at left wing over Bale in the Prem. How he has turned his game around under Harry is remarkable and highlights the success of Harry's man management.
Well done to the boy. Being mentioned in the same category as a top left winger from a player that has enjoyed a successful career is a glowing sign of what could come. Let's hope Gareth can keep this up for the rest of the season and drive us to retain that 4th spot.