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Gareth Bale is like watching Barcelona – Martin Keown

Martin Keown's Premier League bootroom: Bale It's just like watching Barcelona…

By
Martin Keown

PUBLISHED:

22:59 GMT, 22 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:25 GMT, 23 February 2013

Gareth Bale is an incredible talent. I watched Barcelona play this week and I thought how nicely he would fit into that team.

If he were playing for Arsenal there would be a lot of talk about: 'Can they keep him'

But it doesn't apply in the same way at Spurs, where he's on a long-term deal.

The real deal: Gareth Bale has been in world-beating form at Tottenham of late

The real deal: Gareth Bale has been in world-beating form at Tottenham of late

Class act: The Spurs winger fires in a freekick against Lyon in the Europa League

Class act: The Spurs winger fires in a freekick against Lyon in the Europa League

Last season Robin van Persie was the best player in the Premier League, so Manchester City tried to buy him.

But he went to Manchester United instead and now they are benefiting from that switch in power.

Bale is in the same bracket: the sort
of player who makes things happen. It will be Bale who decides if
Tottenham can finish in the top four.

They need to make sure he stays fit
and it will be a delicate balancing act with the Europa League. I think
he is one of the best players in Europe right now.

Running with the ball in full flight,
there are not many better sights in football. He looks like he could
take off. I also like the defiance in his game.

Villa chiller at Arsenal

When his team are losing he is
providing the answers. He's also been working hard at his free kicks,
which means he's thinking hard about his game and trying to improve in
certain areas.

Tottenham have other good players:
Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and Mousa Dembele, who has added power
to the Spurs midfield, but they are all playing cameo roles compared to
Bale.

Their manager, Andre Villas-Boas,
said this week that he has yet to unlock Adebayor's potential and I
agree. Maybe he just needs to understand him a bit better.

You have got to keep Adebayor hungry
without showering him with too much praise. He improved more than any
other player who has worked under Arsene Wenger.

What's the score

When he came to Arsenal he was an
incredible athlete but his finishing was wayward, his touch wasn't clean
and he struggled to get that big frame around the pitch.

When he left he looked like a world beater. I think Adebayor needs to benefit from this period of stability at Tottenham now.

The manager needs to get behind him but the Togolese striker also needs to push himself, just like Bale has done.

ABOUT TIME

FIFA have finally agreed to use
goalline technology at the 2014 World Cup. Isn't it ridiculous it has
taken them this long It won't be the end of the debate, though.

Instead of analysing TV replays, we will argue about the accuracy of the technology.

We also need to educate people that the whole of the ball has to be over the white line for it to count as a goal.

Keep your hair on, Fellaini

Marouane Fellai ni thinks he gets booked so often because of his flamboyant hairstyle.

Sorry Marouane, but it's nothing to do with your hair: it's your reaction that counts against you.

He is seldom the first offender when
the cards come out. I felt sorry for him in his spat with Ryan Shawcross
but he has to learn not to react.

Keep your hair on: Marouane Fellaini

Keep your hair on: Marouane Fellaini

You have to be able to look after yourself but you just can't rise to it – although I was sometimes guilty of that, I admit.

P.S. Arsene Wenger has accused his
critics of 'superficial analysis', but I would love to know his thinking
behind the triple substitution he made against Bayern Munich.

I've never seen him do that before.

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Wasps owner Steve Hayes bailed in computer-hacking probe

Wasps and Wycombe owner Hayes bailed in computer-hacking probe

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UPDATED:

12:46 GMT, 5 April 2012

Bailed: Wasps owner Steve Hayes

Bailed: Wasps owner Steve Hayes

The millionaire owner of Wasps is a suspect in Scotland Yard's computer-hacking probe.

Steve Hayes remains on bail after being arrested in February in Hertfordshire by detectives from Operation Tuleta, an offshoot of the force's Weeting investigation into illegal activities at News International.

The investigation into Mr Hayes, 50, is not linked to any news organisation or the activities of journalists, sources said.

Mr Hayes, who also owns Wycombe Wanderers football club, bought the Aviva Premiership rugby club in 2008. Last October, he announced plans to put Wasps up for sale.

The businessman, who made millions of pounds selling an internet loans business, was detained on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

A Wasps spokeswoman later confirmed the arrest.

'We will not be further commenting for now,' she added.

There have been 46 arrests surrounding inquiries into hacking and corruption under Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta.

Widespread: Scotland Yard are conducting an investigation into illegal activities at News International

Widespread: Scotland Yard are conducting an investigation into illegal activities at News International

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: 'On 24 February 2012, officers from Operation Tuleta arrested a man at his home in Hertfordshire, and a man at an address in Surrey, on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000.

'These arrests are not directly linked to any news organisation or the activities of journalists.

'They were taken to London police stations and later bailed to return in June and July 2012 pending further enquiries.'

Martin Keown: International football is a balancing act

On the ball: Tough to balance international football with club game

Into injury time

I can understand why Steven Gerrard came off but it’s a shame he hasn’t completed a game for England since October 2010. It’s a difficult balancing act. I picked up injuries playing for England a few times and I remember Arsene Wenger telling me ‘don’t come back injured’. One time after that, I came off at half-time just to be safe. It’s the balance of wanting to be selected for the summer and saving energy for your club.

Off you come: Steven Gerrard is replaced after half an hour

Off you come: Steven Gerrard is replaced after half an hour

Danny a delight

Danny Welbeck looked international quality. He is very mobile and has lightning pace. He worked hard too, closing down the ball when England were out of possession. Welbeck demonstrated he can hold up the ball as a lone striker, surviving mostly on scraps. Sometimes players are unrecognisable from those we see every week in the Premier League, but not in his case.

Class act: Danny Welbeck did not look out of his depth playing international football

Class act: Danny Welbeck did not look out of his depth playing international football

Muscle in, Micah

Micah Richards was a bit too cautious in his defending. Arjen Robben is very dangerous — possibly the trickiest winger in the world — and Richards allowed him too much space at times. Richards is incredibly powerful and should use that physical presence against opponents. For Robben’s first goal, Daniel Sturridge lost the ball to him then didn’t work hard enough to win it back.

Over cautions : Micah Richards was given a tough evening by Arjen Robben

Over cautions : Micah Richards was given a tough evening by Arjen Robben

Flying full-backs

Richards and Leighton Baines got forward really well. When they pushed on, it pinned the Dutch wide players back and allowed Gareth Barry and Scott Parker to drop into space and pick up the ball. It’s like the system Barcelona have with Dani Alves and Eric Abidal. It means you have the right people on the ball in the centre of the field — midfielders, not defenders.

Going forward: Leighton Baines looked good on the attack

Going forward: Leighton Baines looked good on the attack

Parker the cannon

Parker reminds me of a stuntman who is fired out a cannon when he flies in to make those blocks. He worked hard to get on the ball too — he didn’t wander around, he sprinted to get the ball off the defenders. How did he not go to the 2010 World Cup An English manager will appreciate his style of play far more than Fabio Capello did. Parker’s energy levels were fantastic and he played like a proud Englishman.

Under appreciated: Scott Parker will have more joy under an English manager

Under appreciated: Scott Parker will have more joy under an English manager