How do Wales cope without Gareth Bale?
Charlie Dear | 9 October 2018
The Dragons may have to make do without their main man
Wales play Spain and Ireland this week but they could be without Gareth Bale for the double header.
The Real Madrid star has been in electrifying form this season, notching four goals and adding another three assists in all competition.
However the 29-year-old was taken off against Alaves last weekend with a recurrence of a groin injury.
Welsh team-mate Sam Vokes is adamant they have the squad capable of filling the void, so the Coral News Team take a look at who could step up and be counted…
If Gareth Bale is the first name that springs to mind when the Wales national team is mentioned, then Aaron Ramsey isn’t too far behind.
Ryan Giggs has said he could play for any club, anywhere in the world and would be an asset. The 27-year-old finished off a scintillating team move for Arsenal against Fulham last weekend to add to his impressive scrapbook of goals.
Ramsey’s importance for his national team was underlined again during the 2016 European Championships.
He was the joint-top assist maker in the tournament alongside Eden Hazard with four apiece.
His suspension in the semi-final against Portugal left a big gap in the midfield, as he and Bale share a great telepathy on the pitch.
Since Giggs has come in, there have been a few notable inclusions in this new-look Wales team, especially after failing to make last summer’s World Cup.
The former Manchester United caretaker boss has blooded the likes of Ethan Ampadu, Harry Wilson and defender Connor Roberts since taking charge.
But it’s David Brooks who could have the biggest impact. The 21-year-old has scored two in his last two for club side Bournemouth and may be charged with providing the creative spark.
He showed a silky touch and emphatic finish against Crystal Palace before displaying a natural ability to be in the right place at the right time for his goal against Watford.
These are all positive signs that will enhance his chances of cementing a first eleven place in the Wales side.
But now they may have to lean even more on that team-spirit fostered so fondly over the Euro 2016 campaign once again.
Wales are still in the running to win their group, after beating Ireland and losing to Denmark in the first round of fixtures.
Giggs was quick to point out his style is different to former boss Chris Coleman but his relaxed demeanour has been helped by the team’s cohesiveness on and off the pitch.
They have a tight core of players who know how to get to the latter rounds of an international competition, but now have the exciting youth to compliment this.
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