Many people don’t like change. Change represents uncertainty and implies a reduction in quality. Change can be a nervous experience, and for a footballer when the management of your team changes it can lead to you going from captain to outcast. So often we have seen players completely owning their presence on the teamsheet and sudenly being reduced to a nervous wreck who looks as though they have no right to be anywhere near a football when something as simple as a managerial change has occurred at their club. Some of these cases are high profile, some not so much. For some players, however, a change of boss can be a breath of fresh air. Indeed, this is the hope of the board each and every time a manager is given their P45.
For Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, it would appear that this exact change has brought about a rejuvination of his chances at Los Blancos. One of the finest players on the planet of course, Bale has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer – and Man Utd are generally considered favourites to be his next club. He struggled for game time last season, though he did light up often enough when given the chance. However, when Real Madrid appointed then-Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as their new head honcho, it would seem that Bale’s chances of revitalising his football with the 13-time European champions have been given a boost.
With Cristiano Ronaldo having moved on from Real after nine years to seek pastures new with Juventus, Bale will already have a better shot at first team football. OK, he plays in a different position – but when you have two players of such quality it is often enough the case that one tends to get picked first. With Ronaldo gone, Bale will surely now be one of the first names on the team-sheet – and remaining in Spain would be the best scenario for the Wales international at this stage. A move to United may have given him a chance of kickstarting his career, but if he can now do this while staying put then one would imagine that would be the ideal scenario for the ex-Tottenham star.
There is arguably a better chance of European success if Bale is playing for the most successful side in European football history, and with Real having won the last three Champions League trophies on the trot then a fourth would of course be a tempting one to try and deliver. If Bale does have a genuine option relating to the location of his football next season, La Liga would be the one for now. If he keeps playing at the top of his game at this level of football then he will certainly have an open option to make the move as and when it suits him – but right now the priority should be adding to his winners’ medals and continue to cement his legacy in the Spanish top flight ahead of a move back to British football.
If you fancy yourself as a Euro Fantasy League manager, why not get involved and register your team? It is always fun, and gives you the opportunity to show your tactical nous (or psychic tendencies, if you prefer) against other like-minded fans around the world.
If you feel La Liga specifically is more your cup of tea, then head over to Fantasy Liga, where you can play a version of the game containing only players and teams from the Spanish game. That is always an alternative if you prefer a more specific style of fantasy football management.