How Bale “didn’t give a s ***” during Southampton increase that shaped career
Gareth Bale first revealed his quality at Southampton where his courageous attitude was a major possession before Tottenham came calling
One of Gareth Bale’s previous team-mates declares among his biggest properties when he burglarized the Southampton first-team was that he “didn’t offer a s ***”.
David Prutton, who viewed the Welshman take St Mary’s by storm as a teen, has praised Bale’s determination to try things.
The now Real Madrid man has actually gone on to have an extremely successful career, winning 4 Champions League medals at the Bernabeu.
Prior to that he was a star at Tottenham and was twice named the PFA Gamer of the Year.
The north London club signed Bale from Southampton in May 2007 after he ‘d made 45 professional appearances.
George Burley was the male who gave him his Saints debut and Prutton reveals how Bale was a breath of fresh air.
He informed the Athletic: “What he brought was that freshness, that vitality … that not offering a s ***, which is fantastic about young players.
” Not in a sense of not appreciating the outcome, but in a sense of attempting things and being indulged by– not too much, but enough– by a manager who can state ‘look, you’re extremely good at doing this, do more of that’, and listening to what coaches and senior pros are telling you.”
Bale scored 5 goals for Southampton in his breakout season which earned him a transfer to Tottenham.
And Prutton confesses he settled into the first group really quickly, which was partially down to the Welshman understanding he belonged there.
He added: “When he remained in the first string, what made him feel comfy was him most likely realising, ‘Hang on, I’m pretty good here. Hold on, I’m holding my own. Hold on, I’m going to end up being somebody’.
” Not to state there was any hint of arrogance about him, however he trained hard.”