Gareth Bale poised for Spurs chance as Benoit Assou-Ekotto heads for Africa Cup of Nations

22 December 2009 04:03
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Gareth Bale is ready for a run in the team next month when Benoit Assou-Ekotto goes to the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon.  

Bale has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane this season due to the form of left-back Assou-Ekotto, who Redknapp considers one of his most improved players in the last year.  

Assou-Ekotto's form has earned him a call-up for Cameroon and means he will miss games in January, with Bale ready to step up rather than going out on loan for experience.  

Opportunity: Bale

Fine form: Assou-Ekotto

'He's worked hard, trained well and has been in good form,' Redknapp said. 'He's beginning to take his game forward. It's just that Benoit's been in great form, so Gareth has been unlucky not to play.  

'I'm not looking for a left-back because you won't get a better one than Gareth Bale. He's an excellent player.'

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Source: Daily_Mail