Wales defender Chris Mepham says Gareth Bale is back to his best on the pitch that his anxieties have ended.
Bale, who looked to be on his way out of Real Madrid during the summer prior to his move to team Jiangsu Suning fell through, has found his way into the strategies of Zinedine Zidane in the Bernabeu.
Mepham believes that, now the future of Bale seems to be resolved, he can begin putting in the performances everyone understands he could for Wales after a season for its national team.
“It is better to see Gaz out to the pitch doing,” Mepham said.
“He had a whole lot of speculation through the summer and it’s good he’s that focus back. It was difficult when he wasn’t getting the.
“He came off with Wales and that was his time to shine and, sadly, he did not contribute with the aims everyone around him needs.
“When we lost the 2 games in Croatia and Hungary I found him in the dressing room afterwards. He had been devastated, as we all were, but it just shows just how much it means to him.”
But there looks like a brand new optimism around the Welsh team, with a few exciting young players.
Daniel James’ stock has skyrocketed since his move.
And now David Brooks and Harry Wilson are with Mepham at club level with Bournemouth, and so are becoming vital components to Eddie Howe’s side.
Believes this will help alleviate the pressure placed on Bale to take the national side.
He said:”It’s been difficult for Gareth having that pressure you each game, to be the man to get the targets.
“That is the reason why it’s a good idea to see other lads chipping in – Wilson, Brooks, when he had been in the group, along with Daniel James.
“Hopefully this takes the pressure off Gareth and now we have good attacking options on Friday [from Azerbaijan].”
And while these players may take the pressure of Bale, they could be shooting set-pieces off him also.
Harry Wilson is becoming renowned bagging one from Manchester City before this year.
However, Mepham backs Champions League-winner and the Real Madrid guy to retain the duty.
Mepham stated:”it is a conversation I don’t wish to be involved in!
“Both of them are able to create that moment of magic. Harry scored last week against Manchester City and it has been done several times by him, but then so has Gaz.
“If I’m betting person I’d have cash on Gaz bullying the younger lad out of it”

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