The 2012/13 Premier League season was set alight by Tottenham’s left-footed Welsh wonder Gareth Bale.
He scooped up both the PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player or the Year due to his excellent performances and goal return.
Bale hit 21 league goals, the most by any Tottenham player in the Premier League era, while the majority of those goals were simply stunning.
At times it seemed as though he was having a goal of the season competition all by himself. So, I thought why not do just that?
Below are eight of Bale’s best strikes from the most recent Premier League campaign. Decide which your favourite is by leaving a comment below.
Gareth Bale v Manchester United | September 29 2012
Bale scored Tottenham’s second goal of the game to give the north London club their first victory at Old Trafford in the Premier League era. He drove through the heart of the United midfield and left Rio Ferdinand for dead with his blistering pace before calmly slotting past David De Gea with his weaker right foot.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsGFwolwqcY
Gareth Bale v Norwich City | January 30 2013
Norwich haven’t actually lost to Spurs in their last four games in all competitions and taken two points of them this season. With the Canaries 1-0 up and with only ten minutes left Bale picked up the ball in his own half and there appeared to be no immediate danger. But he continued running at lightning speed, beat three defenders and fired the ball early into the top corner to give Tottenham a vital away point.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFNswz9olsg
Gareth Bale v West Brom | February 3 2013
After Goran Papov was sent off for spitting at Kyle Walker, Tottenham began to take control of the game but found it hard to break down a stubborn West Brom defence. That is until Bale cut inside and fires an unstoppable shot past the helpless Ben Foster. The strike would ensure Spurs left the Hawthorne’s with all three points.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4WD8NCjDmY
Gareth Bale v Newcastle United | February 9 2013
This was a game in which Bale dominated the pitch from the first minute to the last. He scored two but could and maybe should have scored three or four. His first goal came just four minutes after the kick-off. White Hart Lane held its breath as Bale stood over the free-kick; he stepped up and fired accurately over the wall and into the bottom corner. In all truth because of the form he was in, there wasn’t much doubt he was going to score.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl9k0WyvXJ0
Gareth Bale v West Ham | February 25 2013
West Ham had fought back to lead 2-1 until substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson scrambled home the equaliser. Spurs had run out of ideas and with the game approaching injury time cue Gareth Bale. He picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and hammered his shot into the top right hand corner to give Spurs a 3-2 victory. His manic celebrations with boss Andre Villas Boas highlighted what an important win it was.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PWeGBgMGAk
Gareth Bale v Swansea City | March 30 2013
One of nine goals Bale scored from outside the box came as he returned to his native Wales and inspired Tottenham to victory. Jan Vertonghen’s early pass was sublimely controlled before he struck with the outside of his foot to leave Swans keeper Michel Vorm rooted to his spot. Even some of the Swansea fans applauded this one.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2UhBHnI8-I
Gareth Bale v Southampton | May 4 2013
In all honesty, Tottenham didn’t deserve to win this game, but as he has been all season, Gareth Bale was the difference between the two sides. Southampton defended well for 85 minutes but allowed Bale the time to cut inside onto his left foot and produce another moment of magic to save the day. Before the game, Bale even vowed he wouldn’t celebrated if he scored but it was very hard not to celebrate a late winner like that.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLKgcn5rDj4
Gareth Bale v Sunderland | May 19 2013
Sadly, because it was the final day of the season, this goal was overshadowed by Arsenal’s entry into the Champions League at Tottenham’s expense. But what a goal it was. Bale struck again as the game was going into injury time and again from outside the box. He cut inside on his left foot and curled a fierce shot past Simon Mingolet to give Tottenham all three points and a record Premier League points total of 72.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKWmxts7_fo
So there you have my top eight even though his goals against Manchester City and away to Arsenal were hard to leave out.
Which was your favourite? Let us know by commenting below!
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