Former Real Madrid manager John Toshack, came after compatriot Gareth Bale strong as he believes the winger should emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gareth Bale is not going through the best times at Real Madrid, his compatriot John Toshack doesn’t like the way in which he conducts himself and thinks that he should be more like Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Welsh player is currently going through another recovery process from a muscular injury, something that has become very common with him at the club.
Toshack believes that Gareth Bale is making efforts that are directly affecting his performance, he is convinced that the Welshman can do a better job of understanding his limitations on the pitch and avoid certain risks.
What John is asking Gareth Bale to do, is very similar to the time when Cristiano Ronaldo finally understood that he didn’t need to run all across the pitch and all he required was to save his energy only for the most important moments.
Bale is regarded as one of the most important players in Los Blancos’s history already, his goals and assists have been crucial during the most important matches for the club.
— AS English (@English_AS) January 21, 2019
“Cristiano plays as a winger, he scores and assists. There is no doubt that Gareth Bale already is one of the best players in football history,” said Toshack via Diario AS.
“If he wants to remain as such, he should try to imitate Ronaldo. If you only look at what he’s accomplished, you quickly think what could’ve been if it hadn’t been for his unfortunate injury record.”
“So, obviously, his experience can help him diminish his game a little bit and play in shorter parts of the pitch while reading better what’s going on.”
“I really hope that he can do a lot more than what he is doing right now, because there is no doubt that you always need to start over when you recover from an injury.”
“As far as his physical recovery is concerned, you always have to get back up and it’s almost as if you had to come back two or three times every season.”
“This whole situation has been very difficult for him, and that gives him even more credit in my opinion.”
“What we never imagined would happen with him were the injury problems that were detected.”
“I mean, he has missed almost as many matches as he’s played and that has obviously slowed him down quite a bit,” he concluded.
— El Larguero (@ellarguero) May 31, 2017
To the people who don’t remember, John Toshack was the man who discovered Gareth Bale and the one who gave him his very first cap for Wales when he was just a kid.
Born a Welshman as well, John Benjamin Toshack is arguably one of the most important figures for his country and arguably one of the biggest talent seekers in football history.
Under his belt, Toshack has an amazing record of discovering players such as Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, and Gareth Bale himself.
If the ‘Cardiff Express’ wants to keep performing at the highest leve, he needs to start listening to his body and realize that he can no longer make those sprints that usually set him apart from all the other players.
Bale is a very talented player with the ball at his feet, there is no need to rely so much on your acceleration when you know that you are risking a new muscular injury every time to sprint.
Gareth has impressive finishing skills, imagination to create football for his teammates and team leadership. It may be time for him to evolve as a player.
John Toshack "I'd recommend British players to go out, leave the UK to learn other leagues & cultures. It is not easy but it's valuable. With that said, Aaron in Turin should not make the same mistake that Bale did in Madrid: the local language must be learned immediately." pic.twitter.com/187qK2SOek
— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) January 6, 2019
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