Let's be honest. Barcelona have the best right winger (and secondary striker) of the generation in Lionel Messi. They have one of the best strikers in David Villa. The right back Daniel Alves is also one of the best in his position, in a more attacking kind of way.
Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano are great defensive mids and the central midfield has the best duo of Xavi and Iniesta. Center backs Pique and Puyol are two great defenders (at least when they play together).
BUT this attractive, tiki-taka playing, all-conquering team has been living with a problem. They have carried this problem past couple of seasons. Left back. Maxwell is nowhere nearly as good as a left sided Alves, nor is Abidal young enough to keep pace with opposition wingers or to help significantly in attack.
Along comes Gareth Bale
The newest left-side football sensation Gareth Bale is playing as a left winger for Tottenham Hotspur right now but it wasn't long ago that he was a left-back, and a good one at that. He is playing so well as a winger that any football fan would be repulsed by the idea of seeing Bale in the left-back position again. We like to see him out-run midfielders and defenders in a fury of speed and unleash a killer cross or a shot on goal.
But what if Barcelona were to approach Bale? Should he be turned-off by the idea of playing left-back when he clearly enjoys being part of the attack? A simple glance at Daniel Alves provides the answer. Alves plays more like a winger in Barcelona than a defender. Bale can be the new all-out-attacking left-back.
He will be in a team that holds on to possession and gives it to full backs to take forward like wide playing wingers. Bale could thrive here more than he would in a conventional left back or left wing role.
He would get to play with some of the most creative and technically skilled players in the world right now. He would get the chance to play with Messi and Xavi for gods sake! He would get to play against his idol Cristiano Ronaldo too in the same league.
Bale will win trophies. Big ones. Barcelona will have a Plan B (or C) against ultra defensive teams: "Give it to Bale and let him out-run everyone!" He won't be able to do it successfully every time, but whenever he does, he will have quality players like Messi, Villa, Iniesta or Pedro to cross to or indulge in quick one-twos and take a shot on the goal.
Bale arguably has the pace of Ronaldo yet he is as humble as Messi. Such a players suits Barcelona above all other teams and Barcelona can offer him the quality and titles that every player dreams about. a match made in heaven.
Did I mention Barcelona NEED a proper left-back who can actually defend well when needed?
Gareth Bale should be the top transfer target for Barcelona
Messi, Villa and Pedro will keep scoring goals. Xavi still has some years in him and Thiago is good enough to be in midfield with Iniesta. FC Barcelona do not need Fabregas or a new striker. We need a left back and Gareth Bale has the attacking mindset that will flourish in Barcelona.
P.S. Sorry Maxwell. It's not you, it's us.