Freedom of the park has proved the key for Gareth Bale

Gareth BaleGareth Bale will pick up the Football Writers Player of the Year award this Thursday evening to cap off what has been a fantastic season for the Welshman. Andre Villas-Boas has hailed Bale’s performances and believes that giving him necessary freedom on the pitch has played a significant part in his progress this season:

Great, he has been outstanding this season. He has enjoyed his performances and that is vital for any football player. Managers have to guard against limiting them through too much organisation, but that hasn’t been the case with Gareth who has played in a different position to the one he has played in before. Doing that has given him the chance to score more goals which has contributed to his wonderful season, plus he has the ambition to be at the very top.”

Despite Bale’s goalscoring displays this season, Villas-Boas is unsure whether moving the Welshman into a more central role will be a permanent feature in the future but accepts it does give the club an excellent option:

It was born out of an experiment in Baltimore, America when we played Liverpool in a pre-season game. Fortunately it is something that worked for us and due to a couple of injuries it was something that we had to keep trying. We fine-tuned Gareth to play there and he has been tremendous because his talent allows him to be adaptable. I’m not sure that the shift is definitive but it does give us the option of using him in different positions. At the moment, though, the goals he is getting are giving him the buzz to play there.”

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