Gareth Bale Improving on Last Season

2010/11 PFA Players’ Player of the Year Gareth Bale has recovered after rupturing his ankle ligaments at the end of last season to put him some impressive statistics through gameweek 21 of this season.

The Welsh winger scored an impressive 7 Premier League goals last season and has already matched that number in the 20 games he’s featured in this season.

Gareth Bale has also become more of a team player this season, completing more passes (649) in 1,800 minutes compared to the 643 passes he completed in 2,451 minutes during his PFA Players’ Player of the Year season.

The ex-Southampton full back’s pass accuracy is also up; from 74% throughout last season compared to the 82% success he’s produced so far this season.

Notably, Bale is not attempting as many passes as he was last season down the left wing, but cutting in the wing more often and playing a pass instead. In recent games, Bale has found himself playing further in from the touchline than he did at the start of the season.

Gareth Bale has scored against Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers (2), Fulham, Bolton and Norwich City (2) so far this season. His 7 goals last season came against Stoke City (2), Blackburn (2), Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham. He also scored an infamous hat trick against Inter Milan in the Champions League…

Here are Gareth Bale’s Premier League statistics for the 2011/12 season so far:
(Key: MP: Minutes Played GS: Goals Scored SonT: Shots on Target SoffT: Shots off Target CP: Completed Passes PA: Pass Accuracy C: Crosses CA: Cross Accuracy A: Assists CC: Chances Created TW: Tackles Won I: Interceptions YC: Yellow Card RC: Red Card FKW: Free Kicks Won F: Fouls C: Committed SD: Successful Dribbles)

Opposition Result MP GS SonT SoffT CP PA C CA A CC TW I YC RC FKW FC SD
Manchester United (A) 0-3 90 0 1 1 26 63% 3 0% 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 4
Manchester City (H) 1-5 90 0 0 1 19 76% 7 71% 0 2 0 5 0 0 2 0 3
Wolves (A) 2-0 90 0 0 3 29 91% 8 25% 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
Liverpool (H) 4-0 90 0 1 4 46 90% 4 25% 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 2 1
Wigan (A) 2-1 90 1 2 1 42 84% 4 75% 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 6
Arsenal (H) 2-1 90 0 0 3 17 63% 7 0% 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Newcastle (A) 2-2 90 0 0 0 14 56% 4 50% 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Blackburn (A) 2-1 90 0 0 1 24 73% 4 0% 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2
Queens Park Rangers (H) 3-1 90 2 3 1 33 83% 3 100% 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Fulham (A) 3-1 90 1 1 1 23 70% 1 100% 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
Aston Villa (H) 2-0 90 0 1 0 46 87% 6 17% 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 5
West Brom (A) 3-1 90 0 0 1 38 93% 14 36% 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Bolton Wanderers (H) 3-0 90 1 3 1 36 86% 5 20% 1 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
Stoke (A) 1-2 90 0 0 0 35 83% 10 0% 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1
Sunderland (H) 1-0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Chelsea (H) 1-1 90 0 0 1 31 91% 4 50% 1 3 1 1 1 0 4 2 2
Norwich City (A) 2-0 90 2 4 3 43 91% 4 0% 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
Swansea City (A) 1-1 90 0 1 1 37 82% 4 50% 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 1 0
West Brom (H) 1-0 90 0 2 0 36 84% 8 38% 1 3 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Everton (H) 2-0 90 0 1 1 36 86% 4 25% 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Wolves (H) 1-1 90 0 1 4 38 84% 3 67% 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 0 0
 Totals 1,800 7 21 28 649 82% 107 32% 7 52 14 23 2 0 32 9 34

And here are Gareth Bale’s Premier League statistics for 2010/11:
(Key: MP: Minutes Played GS: Goals Scored SonT: Shots on Target SoffT: Shots off Target CP: Completed Passes PA: Pass Accuracy C: Crosses CA: Cross Accuracy A: Assists CC: Chances Created TW: Tackles Won I: Interceptions YC: Yellow Card RC: Red Card FKW: Free Kicks Won F: Fouls C: Committed SD: Successful Dribbles)

Opposition Result MP GS SonT SoffT CP PA C CA A CC TW I YC RC FKW FC SD
Manchester City (H) 0-0 90 0 0 2 19 68% 23 17% 0 4 6 4 0 0 1 0 1
Stoke City (A) 2-1 90 2 4 0 15 71% 6 17% 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 2
Wigan (H) 0-1 90 0 0 0 40 82% 19 21% 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 0
West Brom (A) 1-1 90 0 1 0 30 79% 11 18% 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
Wolves (H) 3-1 90 0 1 1 15 68% 13 69% 0 7 0 4 0 0 2 1 0
West Ham (A) 0-1 90 0 0 0 38 84% 5 20% 0 1 2 4 0 0 1 0 0
Aston Villa (H) 2-1 90 0 1 0 16 59% 10 40% 0 6 0 3 1 0 3 1 2
Fulham (A) 2-1 90 0 0 0 25 76% 10 40% 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
Everton (H) 1-1 90 0 0 1 17 81% 9 0% 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 6
Manchester United (A) 0-2 90 0 0 1 21 58% 8 0% 0 2 2 3 0 0 2 0 2
Bolton Wanderers (A) 2-4 90 0 0 2 18 75% 11 27% 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1
Sunderland (H) 1-1 90 0 0 0 15 58% 15 7% 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 5
Blackburn Rovers (H) 4-2 90 2 2 2 27 84% 14 7% 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 3
Arsenal (A) 3-2 90 1 2 0 15 71% 3 0% 0 0 2 2 0 0 5 1 1
Liverpool (H) 2-1 90 0 2 1 18 82% 11 18% 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 0 7
Birmingham City (A) 1-1 90 0 2 0 15 63% 14 29% 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 2
Chelsea (H) 1-1 90 0 0 3 11 61% 7 29% 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 4
Aston Villa (A) 2-1 90 0 0 2 21 72% 1 0% 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3
Newcastle United (H) 2-0 90 1 1 0 16 57% 3 33% 0 1 2 2 0 0 2 0 2
Fulham (H) 1-0 90 1 2 1 27 73% 5 40% 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Everton (A) 1-2 59 0 0 0 13 87% 2 0% 0 1 0 4 0 0 2 0 0
Manchester United (H) 0-0 90 0 1 0 22 81% 9 22% 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 2 2
Newcastle United (A) 1-1 11 0 0 0 6 75% 0 n/a 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blackburn Rovers (A) 1-0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
Bolton Wanderers (H) 2-1 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
Sunderland (A) 2-1 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
Blackpool (A) 1-3 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
Wolves (A) 3-3 21 0 2 0 9 69% 3 33% 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
West Ham (H) 0-0 90 0 1 2 30 71% 1 100% 0 2 3 1 0 0 2 1 2
Wigan (A) 0-0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
Stoke City (H) 3-2 90 0 1 0 22 76% 8 38% 0 4 2 0 0 0 5 1 2
Arsenal (H) 3-3 45 0 0 0 8 73% 2 50% 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
West Brom (H) 2-2 90 0 0 2 60 87% 16 25% 0 3 1 4 0 0 2 1 4
Chelsea (A) 1-2 90 0 0 1 29 88% 3 0% 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 0 3
Blackpool (H) 1-1 65 0 1 3 25 69% 8 38% 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Manchester City (A) 0-1 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
Liverpool (A) 2-0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
Birmingham City (H) 2-1 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
 Totals 2451 7 24 24 643 74% 250 24% 1 47 35 49 1 0 58 11 62

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