The Welshman has been in devastating form as of late with ten goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions.
He has been winning games on his own. When Jermaine Defoe got injured against West Brom and with Emmanuel Adebayor away at the African Cup of Nations, a lot was asked of Bale to continue Tottenham’s charge towards the Champions League.
…a major candidate for the PFA Player of the Year…
Bale has 21 goals in all competitions so far this season. Although his form has seen him become a major candidate for the PFA Player of the Year, a lot of credit has to go to his manager Andre Villas Boas.
AVB used Bale on the left for a majority of the season. But since the lack of options upfront and Bale hitting top form, AVB moved Bale inside to play behind the striker in a free role. This role has seen Bale influence games on regular occasions. His two goals saw off Lyon at home in the Europa League first leg, Bale scored two more as they beat Newcastle. His two goals against West Ham were vital, as his second was a last minute wonder goal to win the game.
…His reputation for diving sometimes overshadows his good play…
As good as Bale has been, there are parts of his game which lets him down. His reputation for diving sometimes overshadows his good play. His recent booking in the first leg against Inter Milan will see him miss the return leg in the San Siro.
So far this season, Bale has been booked five times for diving, four of them coming in the Premier League. He’s building a reputation for diving and could, in the future, see decisions go against him because of his reputation.
…any slight touch could knock him off balance…
A defence for Bale, is that the speed in which he operates, any slight touch could knock him off balance. But some off his bookings have been blatant dives.
It will be a tough task for Spurs to keep Bale at the club with the top teams becoming interested in him.
If Bale continues his good form, Spurs will finish in the top four.