Toshacks Talents – The Future of Welsh Football
Long starved of any relative success at International Football Welsh fans have not seen actions at major finals since a John Charles inspired Wales shocked many at the 1958 World cup. Play off heart break, missed penalties and contentious “hand ball” decisions later and the wait continues. However, after some more than creditable wins at under 21 level does the current crop of youngsters mean there is finally some signs of hope on the horizon? We have a look at five great hopes of Welsh Football.
1) – Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey is a midfield player who is also comfortable in a second striker role or operating on either flank. Having turned down a career in professional rugby union to joinการเดิมพันของ UFABET the Cardiff City academy, Aaron progressed quickly through the ranks to become Cardiff’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 124 days, an FA Cup Final appearance later and Aaron was off to Arsenal where he has scored 3 goals in 27 appearances and is closely pressing Cesc Fabregas for a regular starting spot. Precocious skills, deft passing and an eye for goal have meant Aaron has stood out as a player of real international potential in his 11 welsh caps and is hotly tipped to be the nations finest player since Ryan Giggs.
2) – Gareth Bale
Despite being born in the Welsh Capital, Gareth began his football schooling at Southampton where he was a youth team mate of Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott. The Spurs player is at home in the left back or left wing positions and has performed with excellence in both roles in the Premier League netting some notable goals along the way, particularly the latter part of the 2009/10 season as he helped Spurs qualify for the Champions League. Internationally speaking Gareth is Wales’ youngest ever international (16 years 315 days) also it’s youngest ever goal scorer. In 2009 Gareth was rumoured to be subject to a 10million bid from Italian giants Juventus that was turned down. Pace, skill, crossing and a free kick specialist make Gareth a real player to watch for years to come.