Bale error exposes lack of cover

by Matthew Harris on September 25, 2012

Harry Redknapp once predicted that Gareth Bale would ultimately revert to his old left back position and finish his career there but that’s not a view shared by Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas. On Sunday against QPR, injuries to BAE and Kyle Naughton meant that Gareth dropped back into defence at the start but the lack of a cutting edge up front saw AVB switch things around at half time.

“We decided to play with Gareth at left-back because we thought he would give us more width,’ said Villas-Boas after the QPR game.

“But we were much more steady in the second half when we made changes.”

AVB also hinted that he wouldn’t be repeating the experiment so it seems as if Jan Vertonghen will be filling in until BAE returns to fitness.

Benny has previously highlighted his own fitness levels and he certainly has been a consistent fixture at left back for a few seasons. Without him however, Naughton, a natural right back was used before Bale and now Vertonghen were also played out of position.

Maybe it’s time for some permanent cover and perhaps some tangible competition for BAE’s role.

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