Maicons' main goal is the World Cup 2014 in his homeland. And I'm hoping his drive will suit us. If he can get back to 80% of what he showed as a right back in his best days, he'll be a sensation for us. Either it being a rightback or right wingback. From the top teams in Europe most fullbacks are better going foreward than defend anyway.
Bale imo is simply overrated. Very onesided and only able to create when he's given room to use his pace. Whenever he crosses field to the right side he looks out of ideas. Great player, but no more than that and one of a dozen.