Redknapp warns Gareth Bale

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that Gareth Bale will need to get used to tough tackling from opponents, as the flying winger is targeted by opposing defenders.

The Wales international has impressed with stunning performances over the last 18 months, and sides facing Spurs are wary of the attacker’s threat.

Similar to leading dribblers in the game, Redknapp feels that Bale will continue to be targeted for rough treatment.

“The last tackle (from Simon Cox) at the end of the West Brom game, that was bad and from behind when he was running away, that was cynical,” the tactician told The Daily Mail.

“But he is so quick and can just move the ball away, people lunge in and suddenly the ball is not there and they catch him. I suppose when you are that good a player you are going that.

“The top players in the world – [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi – who can run at people with the ball and beat people all get that.

“He has got quick feet and is maybe a little bit too quick for the people he is playing against,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight