Gareth Bale is having a sensational season domestically for Tottenham Hotspur, with them currently in the top four of the Premier League, and showed his brilliance again last night in the Europa League tie against Lyon.

Bale has been inspirational in midfield from either a central role or out wide, his lightning pace can beat any defender and he has an eye for goal that most midfielders would be envious of.

Once again, the Welsh International showed his worth to Spurs by giving them the advantage in what could still prove to be a tricky tie against French side Lyon.

Having already accumulated 15 goals in all competitions this season, with 13 of those in the Premier League, Bale went on to notch another two against the French side.

Both of Bale’s goals came from free-kicks and the first of which was particularly special; the Welshman hit a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque knuckle ball from around 35 yards out into the bottom corner. 

Once again, manager Andre Villas-Boas moved to praise Bale after his performance last night.

"Incredible," Villas-Boas said. "Not only his all-round game but the ability he has to strike these free-kicks".  

These fantastic strikes mean he has now scored Spurs' last 6 goals in all competitions and, with the injury to Jermaine Defoe, fans will be hoping that this fine form continues until the end of the season as Spurs continue to push and break into the "Big Four" in the Premier League.

They have managed this well of late, and with them breathing down the throats of London rivals Chelsea as well, will fancy their chances of 3rd place based on current league form.

He has been nothing short of brilliant in the Premier League this season, showing time and time again why he is being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

With form like this, it is little wonder that Villas-Boas has stated that losing him to either of the Spanish superpowers would be a "disaster".

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