Where can Gareth Bale play at Real Madrid?
Real Madrid have reportedly made a world record bid for Tottenham’s Welsh winger Gareth Bale. But if he does sign for Real Madrid, where does he play.
Real Madrid’s vacancy of positions
At the moment, Real Madrid play a narrow 4-2-3-1 with two wide wingers that cut in. Of those two wide wingers, Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable, and it’s hard to imagine Bale playing on the left flank. That leaves Bale with 3 other forward positions
At the ‘trequartista’ position, Real Madrid are well stocked with Ozil, Kaka and new signing Isco.
Benzema is currently the only striker at Real Madrid. Gareth Bale could be played as a striker. But Zinedine Zidane persuaded Morata to stay at the club by promising him first team football. And you never know with Real Madrid, they could even make a deadline day signing of another striker, possible Luis Suarez.
Last but not the least, the right wing. Against PSG in a friendly, Carlo Ancelotti played the 4-2-3-1 formation with Ozil on the right wing.
Angel di Maria was used sparingly last season by Jose Mourinho. His inconsistency suggests that the right wing could be his for the taking.
Bale’s preferred position
Gareth Bale would be happy to play anywhere for Real Madrid. It is reportedly his ‘dream’ to play for them. So as long as he keeps playing, I don’t think he would mind.
Bale can play anywhere form left back to striker. But it’s hard to imagine Real Madrid paying £85 million for him. They intend to play him as a forward, where Bale succeeded last term with Tottenham Hotspur.
His strong relation with Andre Villas-Boas helped Bale to excel on the pitch. Bale started the season as a left winger, and ended the season as a roaming forward, as he was given a free role by manager Andre Villas-Boas. His best position seems to be as a roaming forward, but that role is already taken by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Thus, in conclusion, the vacant right wing is the only position that suits Bale and Real Madrid. Though Bale and Ronaldo are similar players, it’ll be interesting to see how the two players play in one team together , if Bale does sign for Real Madrid.