Ruben de la Red: Gareth Bale should be played in the middle

Ruben de la Red: Gareth Bale should be played in the middle


Ex-Real Madrid player Ruben de la Red says Gareth Bale is most effective when playing in a more central role and will adapt to how boss Rafa Benitez wants him to fit into the team.

The Welshman has featured for Real on the left and right hand side of the forward three but has been used through the middle from time to time. As Rafa Benitez is still working out the best use of the 25-year-old attacker’s pace he is likely to have to get used to playing in a number of positions.

And de la Red, a Los Blancos youth product, said in an interview this week that Bale is well capable of playing a more central role as his pace can scare defenders.

“Each coach has his particular version of football and where each player can perform better. I think it’s great there are players that can play in different positions,” he told

The 30-year-old, who had to retire from the game prematurely due to health reasons, added: “Bale has already played in that position at Tottenham and he was top scorer in the Premier League. In that sense, I don’t think anything is new for him, so we don’t have to worry about it.”

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