Should Bale be risked any further?

by Matthew Harris on July 31, 2012

Any concerns over Gareth Bale disappeared for now with news that there is no serious injury following the Charlie Adam tackle at the weekend and he may even feature in our final game of the US tour tonight.

“Needless to say, we are extremely relieved Gareth has not been seriously injured,” said Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas.

After Bale was put out of the game for three months by the same player in 2011, it was obvious that the same fears would be felt and this news is therefore a relief. There are some reports that Gareth will feature against the New York Red Bulls this evening but is there really any point in risking him further ahead of the Premiership campaign?

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave July 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

so under that premise, should the same be said of the rest of the team??? Course he should play, no player should be wrapped in cotton wool….

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robbie July 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

No i don’t think he should start with townsend instead!

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Borris July 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

We shouldn’t rest him, hes the only bloke currently at the club capable of playing up top on his own so stick him up there for an hour and see what happens!

Surely we will get at least the one more striker at the club this window, (most people seem to think Ade is a nailed-on?) so if it was me I’d stick him up there to see if he can do it?!!

If he can,. Then Lennon and GDS either side of Bale or Ade as the spearhead could be a cost effective solution for the short term against Newcastle/until Jan. If he cant, Ade will have to earn his money up there!

Just for the hell of it, here is my fantasy line up for Newcastle in a world where pigs regularly land at Heathrow. COYS

4-3-3
Friedel (Loris)

Walker
Kaboom
Vertonghen
BAE

Sandro
Parker
*Insert Replacement Genius Play-maker Here* :(

Lennon
The boy GDS!
Ade / Damiao

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robbie July 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

No Bale really?

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Istillluvking July 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I really like the idea of trying out Bale up front.
He is strong, can head and has two very good feet. Not to mention his pace.
BUT, and it is a big but………….
Why on earth are we talking about taking one of the worlds best LW’s and play him out of position?

Mr. Levy PLEASE buy the two strikers we obviously need(and a keeper) and lets get on with what could be a fantastic season for us.

COYS

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Ely July 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Bale annoys the S*** out of me when he bitches about tackles. Yeah Adam’s tackle was bad, but bale is fit for the next game and he always wants to play the victim when we all know he dives and writhes around on the floor without being hurt constantly. His diving last season was an embarassement to the club.

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Pikey July 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

He’ll be risked if he’s fit. He needs to play games like everyone else to be fit for the start of the season.
Anyway, hopefully he’s not gonna be playing against idiots like Charlie Adam again in pre-season. What a tw*t

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YidSim July 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Here here!! :) My thoughts exactly!

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Keiran July 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Yeah, as long as he’s available then of course he should be played. For tonight, I’m hoping Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton; Livermore, Huddlestone; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale; Vaart/Kane.

For Newcastle United, (4-2-3-1) Butland; Walker, Kaboul, Caulker, Vertonghen; Sandro, Parker, Moutinho/Sahin; Siggy, Adebayor, Bale.

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Daniel July 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Can Gylfi play on the wing?

I like Caulker in the middle; are you showing this for rotation’s sake, or because you’d prefer this as the starting lineup?

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