Tottenham have picked up seven points from their last three games after a 1-1 draw at Norwich, a 1-0 victory at West Brom and a 2-1 home win over Newcastle.
An encouraging run as they look to secure Champions League football next season, yet the way in which Spurs have acquired these points has me both excited and anxious.
Gareth Bale has scored all four of the goals over the past three games that have seen his side move within one point of Chelsea in third. All four strikes have displayed Bale’s spectacular talent and individual ability that has become so vital to the team.
New signing Lewis Holtby provided some much needed urgency in the game against Norwich on January 30, but it was Bale who rescued a point, scored a fantastic solo goal. Options were few when Bale picked it up in his own half, before breezing through the Norwich side and smashing it past Mark Bunn.
Tottenham then faced West Brom in what was an even game until the dismissal of Goran Popov. From then on, Spurs played most of their football around the West Brom area but were unable to find the breakthrough.
Some called the eventual win a patient victory, but I suspect that patience is exactly what Bale had run out of when he unleashed a stunning 20-yard strike to secure the three points.
Bale’s latest display of excellence saw him grab a brace against Newcastle at White Hart Lane on Saturday. First, a dipping 25-yard free kick that bamboozled Tim Krul, then with the game heading towards a draw, his speed and determination saw the Welshman beat Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor to fire home the winner.
His latest goals took Bale’s tally this season to 13 in the Premier League, making him the club’s top scorer, surpassing Jermain Defoe who has 10.
So do his recent performances mean Spurs should be labeled a one-man team? This notion is not only exaggerated by the quality of Bale’s goals, but also by the absence of any goal scoring threat in the team, However, for me it would be wrong to give Tottenham this title.
Spurs were unable to secure the services of any strikers in the transfer window as Emmanuel Adebayor was away with Toga on AFCON duty. Coupled with Defoe’s injury this left the club very short of options upfront.
Clint Dempsey has not been able to rediscover the same goal scoring form he did at Fulham, and continues to serve as a utility man. Thankfully for Spurs, Bale has stepped up.
The recent hype surrounding Gareth Bale has left other squad members in the shadows despite some excellent performances. Captain Michael Dawson, an instrumental defender in the same three matches, and Hugo Lloris who has kept seven clean sheets in 16 games, have both been a huge part of the recent success, not forgetting Aaron Lennon who continues to provide a constant threat on the wing.
Yes Bale’s goals have been the difference, but to say he is carrying the team would be unfair on his teammates.
Nevertheless, Tottenham fans will hope Bale can continue his current form and help fire the North-London side back into Europe’s elite competition, although they would like to see others help out in the goal department, with the likes of Real Madrid starting to provide a keen interest in the Welsh star.
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