Football FanCast guest
columnist Jim Thomas feels that Liverpool should look to hijack United's move for the
Welsh full back.
There is no doubt where the weak links are in the Liverpool team
and the areas that need to be drastically improved, sooner rather than later.
I'm certain that I am not the only supporter who has grave reservations about
the full back areas and their inabilities to get forward and provide the
natural width that is required in Benitez's formation – Arbeloa and Dossena are
certainly not up to the task therefore Rafa has little option in my opinion but
to look elsewhere.
The one player who continually impresses me and who Liverpool have
been linked with this season has been Gareth Bale. The Welshman is one of the
few players who have come out of Spurs' dismal start to the season with any
real credit and his performances have been of the highest order. Since his six
month lay-off at the back of last season Bale has seemingly come back fitter
and stronger and it takes a hell of a lot to knock him off his stride. I personally
feel that he is an excellent player going forward as his distribution, notably
his crossing is of the highest order.
The problem the North Londoners face at the moment is that the
longer they struggle, the more clubs will look to swoop around the sinking ship
and try and plunder their assets. Unfortunately it is a trait of modern
football and why the logic would be to keep hold of your players in effort to try
and survive; the fact of the matter is that their heads will get turned if a
more attractive offer comes to the table. Liverpool would certainly be one of
those as will our great rivals Manchester United.
It has been widely reported in various papers this week that
Manchester United are looking closely at the situation at Tottenham and are
preparing a £15m carrot to dangle in front of the Welshman. Sir Alex Ferguson
is reportedly looking to the Welshman to come in and strengthen the left hand
side of Manchester United, as the Scot is only too aware that Ryan Giggs'
career is well and truly on the wane and with repeated uncertainty over the
long term future of Cristiano Ronaldo, then Bale will certainly tick the boxes.
It is thought that United will be looking to line up the move in the summer,
given their financial constraints, and I just wonder if Rafa should look to
hijack such a move in January.
Should Rafa hijack
United's move for Gareth Bale or should the Spaniard look elsewhere?