Gareth Bale seem to have returned to the fore front of the English media again, since after his sole run goal against Reading. Many have even gone to the extent of comparing him to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
As speculation grows around Gareth Bale’s future at Spurs, here are five practical examples of why he shouldn’t go to Spain.
English players have been a mixed bag when it comes to gracing La Liga. Gary Lineker and David Beckham are two players who coped admirably but Gareth Bale should look carefully at a few others before listening too much to the reported interest from Real Madrid.
Jermaine Pennant left parent club Liverpool in 2009 to go and play for Real Zaragoza in a similar position Bale plays for Spurs. He played 25 matches for the Spanish side, didn’t score a single goal and was then loaned to Stoke City before completely a permanent move back to England in 2010. And ever since Pennant has never been the same player he was back then at Liverpool.
Woodgate joined Real Madrid in 2004 in a big money move from Newcastle United. He was meant to be the next Bobby Moore-esque English centre back but he played just nine times during an injury plagued three years in Spain. He also got scored an own goal and got sent off on his debut. What a way to introduce himself in Spain.
Granted Collymore moved to Real Oviedo at the end of his career while Bale is being touted for a move before the peak of his career, but Collymore is another example of a British player who went to Spain and failed. He played just three times and didn’t hit the back of the net once before deciding to hang up his boots.
Micheal Owen was an important figure at Liverpool, He was renowned for his pace and ability to convert chances when they came calling, Many tipped Him for greatness after he became the youngster player to appear at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Owen then went on to sign for Real Madrid knowing fully well that he had to fight for shirt along side Brazilian Ronaldo and already established striker Raul. Owen scored just 16 goals in 45 games for Real Madrid which was effectively the last serious move of his career. He did go on to play for Manchester United but he went to Real Madrid with all of Spain expecting greatness but what they got instead was a mixture of injury and inconsistency. And now no manager ever thinks of Michael Owen when drawing up an England squad for any match, neither does the Media mention his name any longer.
Mark Draper was one of Aston villa’s most consistent players between 1995 and 2000 but he was sent out on loan to Ray Vallecano, where he made just four appearances for the club. He came back to England after injury and was never the same again spending three years at Southampton with just 24 appearances.
As the saying goes "a word is enough for the wise"