Signed by Real Madrid from Tottenham last summer for €91 million, Gareth Bale arrived in Madrid with a lot of pressure on his shoulders due to his transfer fee. The Welsh winger’s debuts were far from convincing mainly due to injuries, but in recent weeks, Bale has proven that he is the world class player everyone was waiting to see at Real.
Bale became the second-most expensive player in the world behind his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined Real. Being a big-money signing, the Welshman arrived with a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders and was expected to deliver right away. Unfortunately for Bale, injuries have stopped him from playing his best football. After scoring for his debuts against Villareal, the former Tottenham player missed four of his team’s five following games due to muscular problems.
Bale was criticized (and rightly so) by the Spanish media for his performances in the derby against Atletico Madrid and in the clasico against Barcelona. The Welshman was then far from being fully fit which explains his poor displays in the two most important league games in the season, but Bale has since then began to justify his transfer fee. His two goals and two assists against Sevilla, four days after the clasico were the perfect response to all the criticism the Welshman received after his performance at the Nou Camp.
In the last six games, Bale has scored five times including a stunning free kick against Galatasaray on Wednesday in the Champion’s League. The Welshman has also provided six assists in as many league starts. His performance against Galatasaray has reminded everyone that his blistering pace and eye for the goal have not gone away. The Real Madrid fans are now starting to see the player who scored 21 goals and delivered nine assists for Tottenham last season.
After a difficult start due to injuries, Gareth Bale’s career at Real Madrid is now off the ground. Slowly but surely, the former Tottenham player is becoming an important player in Carlo Ancelotti‘s team and living up to the high expectations due to his transfer fee.