Spurs left winger Gareth Bale produced an exquisite display against Inter Milan in the Champions League, scoring a hat-trick that highlighted his blistering pace, power, dribbling and accurate shooting.
Tottenham are currently sitting in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League, gradually finding their form as they aim for another Champions League finish, and Welsh star Bale, who has come on in leaps and bounds in the past couple of seasons, is turning into an imperative figure for the White Hart Lane outfit.
The 21-year-old, who has also featured as a left-back many times for his club, seems to never run out of steam. A constant thorn in the side of opposition midfielders and defenders, he expertly uses his pace and strength to power through on the left channel before picking out a man or making a run into the area.
The 1.83m-tall Bale has quickly become a regular for his side. He appeared 23 times for Spurs last season, finding the net three times and picking up only two yellow cards – possibly indicating that he tends to outmuscle players off the ball instead of committing any unnecessary tackles.
This year he has already accumulated 13 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring six times and providing four assists. He was also on target for Wales in their 4-1 loss to Switzerland in the recent Euro 2012 qualifier.
Spurs are currently fending off interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, naturally attracted by Bale’s coming-of-age performance against Inter Milan.
Expect more to come from this talented, hard-working and versatile player in the coming months.