As Gareth Bale stood over the first of his free kicks against Liverpool last night, his stance and technique were oddly reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s last days at Manchester United.
The swerve and dip on the first kick was far too much for Pepe Reina who could only parry the ball and at the end of the night, Gareth could easily have had a hat trick from dead ball situations.
The Ronaldo comparison was also picked up by Andre Villas-Boas who said after the game.
“Players learn through what they see. With Ronaldo we saw that you can almost hit under the ball and it gains an effect where it drops and changes direction.
“Bale has the power to do that. He keeps on practising this technique and we are pleased to have it.”
Gareth is also scoring more from open play and while this is all good news for Spurs, it’s bound to be attracting the interest of other clubs.
“Obviously Tottenham as a football club want to keep him here for as long as we can but we understand players like this have propositions and a market which is the nature of the game,” Villas-Boas added.
Some have been a little unhappy at AVB’s comments while others have looked at turning them into full blown headlines about a summer sale. In reality, Andre is just airing what many of us are starting to think and the end of the season could bring the first wave of serious bids from the giants of European Football.