Danny Gabbidon has told Elis James’ Feast of Football that Graeme Souness was wrong to criticise Gareth Bale following the Tottenham Hotspur loanee’s comments at the weekend, insisting that the Sky Sports pundit cannot compare his own career with the 31-year-old.
Bale continued his purple patch on Sunday as Spurs beat Crystal Palace 4-1. The Welshman scored twice to make it six goals in six in all competitions.
He subsequently told Sky Sports after the game that it is too soon to say whether he is getting back to his best. He also noted that he is not 21 anymore.
That comment seemed to annoy Souness. The pundit hit out at the attacker, pointing out where he was in his career at a similar age.
“I was disappointed with a couple of things he said there,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s 32 in July. I played my best football when I was 31, felt my strongest when I was 30.
“Yeah, of course, he’s not 21, but he’s talking like he’s an old man. What an example he played with for years and years in Ronaldo, who’s 35.”
Gabbidon, of course, knows Bale better than most. And the retired defender insisted that Souness was incorrect in what he said.
“How can you compare two different eras? And two totally different players,” he told Elis James’ Feast of Football.
“When did Graeme Souness ever run 100 metres in the speed Gareth can?
“He was never an explosive player. If you are going to criticise, back it up with facts. Nothing he said about Gareth really relates.”
It did seem bizarre to take any sort of offence from what Bale said. He is yet to be the game-changer in one of Tottenham’s bigger games, so surely it makes perfect sense for him to play down his current form for now.
There may come a time when Bale is more comfortable with expressing more arrogance in an interview.
But Jose Mourinho will surely only be bothered about whether that belief is coming through in his performances on the pitch.