After an hour of yesterday’s game I was starting to contemplate an article questioning whether we could possibly mount a consistent top four challenge without the help of Gareth Bale. We’d had chances and plenty of shots on target and if Kyle Walker’s drive had been either side of Tremmel it would have burst the rigging in true Roy of the Rovers style.
However, it seemed that the one man who could have found the keys to Swansea’s bus and driven it away would have been Bale – fast runs right into the heart of that defence together with telling crosses and more testing shots on target when we needed them.
By the 75th minute however, Andros Townsend was doing a very passable impression of our welsh winger. He is far from the finished article and Gareth’s possible return ahead of the Stoke game may end this debate for now but does Townsend have what it takes to step in for Bale in the short, or even the long term?