"There's not a weakness in his make-up" were the words used by Harry Redknapp to describe the Welshman after his match winning performance against
. Norwich City
The Tottenham Hotspur manager went on to add; "He can head the ball, he's as strong as an ox, he can run, dribble and shoot. Most important of all, he's a smashing lad" in praise of this most precious of talents. So does Gareth Bale have any weaknesses?
Well judging by his performance at Carrow Road there certainly is value in Redknapp's verdict of Bale. There is nobody in a better situation to make this statement than the Spurs boss with Redknapp claiming only the likes of
Barcelona, Real Madrid and are able to afford Bale's price tag and wages, although, it is important to highlight that Redknapp insists the Welshman is not for sale. Manchester City
When Bale signed from
Southampton in 2007 for £5m little did anyone know that this young left back would evolve into one of the best left sided attackers in the current game. Bale unfortunately, and from no doing of his own, collected the ugly record of not ending up on the winning team for his new club in 24 games. He shook off this unwanted tag after moving further up the field to cover injuries and flourished under his new, unrestricted role. The transformation has been sensational with Bale's improvement echoing Spurs' fine form under the guidance of Harry Redknapp. Spurs threaten to break the stranglehold of the two clubs this season with Bale a massively key figure in this quest. Manchester
Bale is blessed with extraordinary pace and power that allows him to breeze past defenders and cruically delivers a final ball that his team mates thrive on. It was this pace and delivery that exploded Bale onto the world stage and into the eyes of Europe's leading clubs when he scored a hat-trick in the San Siro against Inter Milan and later tore Inter's defender Maicon to pieces at White Hart Lane in last seasons UEFA Champions League.
Redknapp touched on how Bale is "a smashing lad" most importantly. This may well be his most defining characteristic. In an era where contracts mean nothing next to the size of the wage packets being thrown around and where loyalty rarely ceases to exist Bale has never once hinted at anything other than repaying the club and the manager that has been so loyal to him.
So does Gareth Bale have any weaknesses?
There is always room for improvement but Bale is certainly showing signs that his qualities warrant him to be mentioned in the same breathe as one of the best players in the world.