The upcoming derby against Arsenal and a Europa League tie with Italian giants Inter Milan will be crucial in the success of Spurs' season.

However, as they begin this difficult run of fixtures, have they now become too reliant on their talismanic Welshman?

Gareth Bale has been in scintillating form for Spurs this season; leading the club's goalscoring charts with 17 goals in 30 matches.

He highlighted his importance emphatically in the recent victory over West Ham; the last minute 30-yard strike to take all points was a spectacular feat.

A number of match-winning performances, combined with the loss of key teammates in the summer, have made Bale the undoubted figurehead of Spurs' team this season.

However, Bale's supreme form and outstanding talent could well have papered over the cracks that appeared after the sales of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart to Real Madrid and Hamburg respectively.

Players such as Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson were brought into the club in an attempt to fill the void left by Van der Vaart, although neither have really lived up to their expectations – though this has not proved to be a key issue for Spurs due to Bale's form.

There has also been an air of disappointment surrounding Emmanuel Adebayor, the 28-year-old striker who signed on a permanent deal from Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

Although, again, Tottenham have not been majorly inhibited by this due to Bale's goals.

Had Bale not been in such dominant form then Spurs would almost certainly not be sitting in the lofty position of third in the league, two points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Although many may argue that the 23-year-old Welshman would be a vital part of any Premier League team, the extent to which Spurs have grown to rely on the Welshman may be slightly unhealthy.

There is undoubted talent amongst the Tottenham ranks; Moussa Dembele, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor can all provide attacking threats.

However, in order for Tottenham to achieve their Champions League ambitions, a number of their attacking players must begin to stand up and be counted more regularly.

It is up to head coach Andre Villas-Boas to bring the best out of his gifted squad in order to take some of the weight off of Bale's shoulders.

If this happens  and Bale continues his outstanding form, then Spurs will truly become a force to be reckoned with.


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