Originally Posted by LJJ
A false winger not a false nine, extremely different things.
And that's how he played up until this season indeed. Right next to the sideline, while still the occasional threat of cutting in. Tons of crosses for Adebayor to mop up. This season he has changed that, probably because Tottenham doesn't have a target striker anymore. But it's bad, he needs to develop in the other direction.
No he hasn't he played that way last year, when he talked about working on adding new dimensions to his game, he was cutting in and scoring just as much. He was just injured much more last year so you probably didn't pay attention to him. He still sends in loads of crosses every single game, he is not a selfish Ronaldo type.
Bale is playing perfectly, his number one priority is to hug the touchline and send in crosses, but if defenders overplay it he cuts in and usually is able to make something happen. Basically at his best he's undefendable, apart from hacking him down, which leads to him getting injured so much.
Sometimes his touch is heavy and makes him lose possession in tight spots but he's so fast and dangerous he makes up for it.
Develop in the other direction how?
He already can beat his man whenever he wants and his crossing is already the best in the world. He is not the best at tracking back but puts in decent effort. How can he improve as a winger?