Gareth Bale | Signed new contract

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  1. Apr 23, 2012

    Ash_G Full Member

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    Shit strikers? Adebayor is better than Hernandez/Welbeck/Berbatov however much of a cnut he is. Defoe has arguably played better than Hernandez this season and Saha is probably much better in the air then Hernandez/Welbeck. Spurs have problems but it's not really their strikers.

    Bale is an excellent player, who like Valencia on his day will be an absolute nightmare to defend against. For the record I think he's better than Valencia, I don't think he's better than Nani though who as I said has more to his game imo. If you offered me a swap of him for Young/Valencia I'd take it, not for Nani though.
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    If you are trying to find a stat that shows Nani can't play well down the left, or isn't clearly a great threat from that side, you won't find one because it doesn't exist.

    I believe he is better on the right, but the difference is marginal. We've seen from multiple games, too many to count how effective he can be from the left. Yesterday, also, being a good example of that.
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    apotheosis O'Fortuna

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    No i am not looking for any stats. I can't understand why people give me general stats when i am talking only about Nani on the left. I have never claimed Nani is not good on the right.

    Maybe but he did score his goal coming from the right. Brwned has also come out telling about Nani's good games on the left, which i admit he has had. But imo he is not as good as on the right. I remember last season he was being slagged for his performances on the left and then Valencia got injured he went bakc to the right and was on fire.

    Add to that SAF went out and bought Young for the left, why would he do that if Nani is as sensational on the left as many would have me believe?
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    Ash_G Full Member

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    Tbh but for Valencia's resurgent form I think it was because he was looking for a more fluid dynamic front four which you can get with Nani, Rooney, Welbeck and Young. Although there are question marks over if Young can step up I'm certain that's what he was going for. Unfortunately because of mass injuries across the team, and people being in form at different times we've not seen the best of what that set up could offer.
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    Hectic Admin

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    Yes, my point being you will not find any, because the statement Nani isn't good on the left is rubbish. It is, I'm sorry but it simply is. You can argue that Nani is better on the right, but to say he is not good on the left doesn't make any sense. Not many of your points over the last two pages have mind.
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    The same reason we have more than one striker up front? Or more than one really good goalkeeper? Nani is capable of playing both sides, he offers cover for Valencia if he is injured or underperforming, who than covers his side?
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    My fault for engaging you...should have left you alone...the Nani stats are relevant, because Bale has played exclusively on the left for 95% of his career, and on his strong side last season he got 1 fecking assist...one...uno...un...ek

    As for Nani playing for a better team...I suppose you downgrade what Messi accomplishes, seeing as he is playing with possibly the best club team ever assembled. :rolleyes:
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    :lol:

    So what? What does that prove about anything?
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    Cinja el Shagawa Not into French ticklers

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    He ... can't ... turn ... left!
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    Imo, Nani is the best winger in the PL, left or right. He has pace to fight it out with Bale, Walcott and Valencia, but he also has much, much more trickery up his bag. He is more unpredictable, has the best shot of the bunch and also provides great crosses. Note that he has as many assists as Valencia this season!

    I wouldn't swap Nani with Bale, but Bale with Valencia might be a shout, although after Christmas I would argue that Valencia has been better than Bale who seems to drift too much inwards and shoots like a German SS-trooper with tourettes.
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    Freak Born a freak always a freak.

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    I wouldn't even swap Valencia with Bale. I feel that this season Bale has gotten ahead of himself and doing a really poor impression of Ronaldo.
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    Pogue Mahone Poster of the year 2008

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    Yesterday can actually be added to the longish list of games this season when he's played better on the left than the right.
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    Definitely. It's one thing to debate over which side is better, but it should be clear to anyone who watches us that Nani is obviously very capable, if not equally so at playing on the left.
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    KingMinger22 City >>> United. Moaning twat

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    Bale is better than Nani was at his age.


    Bale would be a world beater at United.
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    Ole's_toe_poke Ole_Aged_Slow_Poke

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    Shame he'll end up at City. :smirk:
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    Hectic Admin

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    Bale wouldn't be as good as Nani even if he had spent the last 5 years here.
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    Cinja el Shagawa Not into French ticklers

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    Nani is more talented than Bale and despite not being as good at him at that age, if you compare both of them at 22 I would rate Nani's potential higher quite easily. The problem was that his decision making was poor but since he sorted it out he's turned into the leagues best winger, I can't see Bale ever being as good as he is.
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    Couldn't agree more. Bale does what he does very well ans is an exciting prospect, but yesterday was the perfect example of why he won't touch the heights of Nani. He has so much more to his game.
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    Varun Wants the D...

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    Neither can i. Nani is on a different level as far as talent and ability goes. He has so much more to his game.
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    Only a couple of loose touches as he tried to drive the by-line prevented him from doing in one game what we want Young to have done all season
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    He's even more unpredictable on the left, and he offers more of a goal scoring threat cutting in from the left than the right, although his left foot is also very good! To me, he's more entertaining playing on the left side, but arguably more productive playing on the right...
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    Really? Bale is about 5 years younger than Valencia and IMO will become a far far better player. Bale can also play at fullback which is obviously a bonus too.
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    Bale is talented but his main asset is still his pace and cross.He hasn't showed enough other attributes for me (and many others) to consider him better than Nani.Bale hasn't been helped but the enormous media hype, too much is expected from him and he may think he's too good
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    rednev God Save My Gracious Queen

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    There's some serious underrating going on in this thread.
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    He is lightning quick, has very good crosses, strong penetrating runs and a very good strike, scores quite a few goals and is very good at set-pieces...

    apart from that he is nothing special :)
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    He has about the same pace as Valencia, misses more shots than any other player in the PL, scores some goals but assists too little.

    He is a left footed Valencia, who can also play as a fullback.
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    peterstorey Specialist In Failure

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    He has his big games when they don't really matter too. It's one thing to cane some hapless Bolton fullback at WHL, quite another to do it at Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton or OT.
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    Plus a superior finisher.
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    And Valencia the superior assister, so one cancels the other...

    If Bale had been playing for United and wasted as many attacks as he is now doing for Tottenham you would be demanding his head on a platter! Nani would never get away with it! After January or thereabouts, Bale has been quite poor!
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    Ole's_toe_poke Ole_Aged_Slow_Poke

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    I still can't believe he won player of the year and got voted twice for team of the year based on two performances against an aging Maicon where all he did was kick and run. Not to mention the fact that in the grand scheme of things those performances meant feck all in Tottenham's season.

    God, footballers are stupid.
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    That's not true. He got them he CL two season ago by putting in big performance at the end of the season. Was MOTM against Chelsea.

    This season as a whole their team has suffered in big matches but he has still been their best player this season for me.
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    friendlytramp More full of crap than a curry house toilet

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    jakec nightclub John Terry

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    Bale, who used to be a very under rated player, is now in the top 10 most over rated players in the league. He didn't deserve to be in the PFA team of the year.
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    apotheosis O'Fortuna

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    So what? Nani hasn't and that's the point. It's not your fault for engaging me at all, don't try and make out i am being unreasonable. You provided stats relating to both player's productivity, but seeing as Nani's stats are not only from the left hand side, they do not have much relevance in a discussion of Nani's productivity on the left.

    For instance Nani on the right at the start of this season was on fire, socring half a dozen golas and assists in the first 4 or 5 games. Can anyone find a similarly impressive run from the left?

    I am not downgrading anything Nani does, but it should go without saying if you have better strikers they will score more of the chances created for them.
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    You still don't think Nani can play on the left, despite playing on the left and producing fantastic performances throughout the last two years? You can argue all you like about him being better on the right, but that doesn't mean he isn't quality on the left, which we get to see pretty much all the time.
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    I would argue nani is more consistent on the right hand side, thus making it seem that he is "better" on the right wing.

    But when he plays on the left he is still capable of very high standards.

    (see everton + fulham away etc)
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    Personally I believe that Nani is just as capable on either side and is prone to getting stuck in something of a rut at times if played on one side in too many consecutive games. Nani thrives on the freedom, novelty and creativity of being able to switch sides just like the Ronaldo of old; I'd fecking love it if we could sign another both-sided player who could switch a few times mid-game like Nani and Ronny used to.
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    apotheosis O'Fortuna

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    Hectic, i have never said he cannot play on the left, which you are now implying i said. I said he wasn't as consistent on the left, and i have never considered him a left winger. It's not just his attacking, him in front of Evra is an accident waiting to happen. We saw for Everton's second goal, how slow he was not only to spot the full back, but then to close him down.

    My whole point on this was to ask the question whether we would be better with a hard working player on the left, with a consistent and reliable delivery, like we have on the right with Valencia. As i said before Nani is a great talent, with more skill than all of them.

    As i have also said i do not rate his consistency as high as you and others do. With his talent, if he was as consistent as you believe why then is he not considered amongst the world's very best? He is a talented as any player, barring Ronaldo and Messi, so it can only be his lack of consistency that prevents him from being considered in that company. Surely not as unreasonable a suggestion as you have made it out to be?

    In your view it may appear i am underrating him, but not in my view. I have acknowledged his skill and talent, but simply do not agree his runs of form are as lengthy as you claim. Nor do i overrate his ability to defend down either flank. For me he is a wide forward much better suited to a 4-3-3, than a left or right winger with defensive duties in front of a full back.
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    I don't think that's necessary and I think it would weaken us. Nani isn't that bad at tracking back that we would need to go down that route and over the past few seasons he's shown how much more creativity he provides. I think earlier you were in the right lines of getting in another defensively competent midfielder, which I think would solve quite a few problems. But we definitely shouldn't be looking to get a winger in to protect evra more, we need more output from our wingers not less.
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    apotheosis O'Fortuna

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    Ash i have never once suggested signing Bale. I only asked the question hypothetically. You have read enough of my posts to know what position i would like us to strengthen and my view hasn't changed on that since the end of last season.

    The reason why this debate has gone on is that other posters have strongly disagreed with me suggesting Nani is less consistent than a Valencia or a Bale, which is fair enough. I can only be honest, but i have no problem with Hectic or anybody else having a differing view to mine.

    I stand by my statement that in my view Nani is more a wide forward than a winger. Not only because i believe his strengths are better suited to that role, but also because i do not believe he is particularly adept at covering the full back which is a requirement of a winger in a 4-4-2 system.

    I see him no more a winger than Ronaldo was for pretty much the same reasons. I also believe that Nani would be very effective played through the middle. His pace and trickery and ability to make that crucial yard of space, added to his capacity to go either left or right and shoot from distance, imo make him an exciting prospect through the centre.

    So i have never once suggested i do not rate Nani, or think we should sell him in favour of Bale. Only that i do not think he is consistent as a winger because in my view his strengths are more that of a wide forward or possibly an AM or second striker. Not an AM in a 4-4-2 mind!
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