Tottenham beat out Chelsea, Arsenal, and Man Utd for Gareth Bale, the coveted left back. £10m is the transfer fee. He joins a squad that is sorely in need of some defensive strength as Tottenham gave up 54 goals.
Scouting reports are that Bale and his deadly left foot and his recent goal scoring spree with his free kicks is inviting comparisons to Ryan Giggs. His weakness appears to be that he occasionally forgets that he is a full back, does not run back enough, and is a bit sloppy with his tackles. Not anything major that a good coach cannot fix. Martin Jol is obviously a happy camper.