Gareth Bale has been urged to “copy what Cristiano Ronaldo does”, with John Toshack still hoping that “one of the best players of all time” can go away a lasting impression at Real Madrid.
As issues stand, the Welsh ahead’s time in Spain will likely be finest remembered for the common spells he has spent on the therapy desk.
Success has been loved with the Blancos, together with 4 Champions League triumphs, however Bale has faded after making a bright start to his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The departure of Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer time of 2018 was supposed to leave the path clear for a 29-year-old forward to step up into the role of club talisman.
That has not occurred, however former Wales and Madrid boss Toshack believes Bale can show his price if he follows the lead of a former staff-mate.
He informed AS: “Cristiano performs as a winger, scores and units up targets for the others.
“There’s little doubt that Gareth is one of the finest players of all time. If he desires to proceed there, he ought to attempt to copy what Cristiano does.
“If you look at what he’s achieved, it makes you wonder what he would have done if he hadn’t been so unlucky with injuries.”
Bale has made 23 appearances and netted 10 targets this season, however is currently back on the sidelines with a calf problem.
Toshack hopes he can get pleasure from an damage-free run after making his subsequent return to motion, whereas additionally tweaking his game barely so as to ship larger productiveness.
“So, obviously, with the experience he has, maybe he can drop off a little and play short balls, drop deeper and read the game more,” added a man who took in two spells as Madrid boss.
“I hope that he goes on to do greater than he is finished up to now, as a result of whenever you come back from an damage, you already know that you’ve to begin another time.
“As for getting back to full health, he is got to do this another time and it is one thing he is had to do two or thrice each season which units him back.
“It’s been very troublesome for him and, as I say, he deserves credit score for the means he is persevered.
“What we could never have really imagined were the injury problems he’s had. I mean he’s lost almost as many games as he’s played and clearly that’s hampered his progress a little bit.”