Superstar Bale targets top four

Gareth Bale has been the crown jewel of Andre Villas Boas’s side this season as he looks to guide Spurs to a top four finish, for which they are currently being heavily backed in the Premier League top four.

Bale scored the only goal of the game on Sunday as Spurs beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns, and it was some goal as he collected the ball on the right, cut inside and fired the ball into the top corner past a helpless Ben Foster.

That was his 13th goal of the season in all competitions, 11th in the league, making him the joint top British goalscorer, ahead of the likes of team-mate Jermain Defoe, Stephen Fletcher and even Wayne Rooney.

Wales boss Chris Coleman openly said in October that he believes Bale to be the best British player and who could argue with him following his form so far this season.

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has given Bale similar praise in more recent times, saying that the winger can be as good as superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Redknapp said: “I’d put him up there with the Ronaldos and Messis of this world. There’s no two ways about it, he’s going to be anything he wants in the next few years.

“He’s 22 years of age, he scores goals, he’s great in the air and he’s a fantastic athlete. There aren’t any weaknesses there.”

The Welshman turns 23 in July and has the world at his feet. But with Spurs having failed to qualify for the Champions League in the past two seasons, Bale may look to leave White Hart Lane to further enhance his reputation.

Bale believes the signing of Lewis Holtby could be fundamental for Spurs achieving their ambition of finishing in the coveted Champions League place and that indirectly could be crucial in keeping Bale at the Lane. He said: “He’s looked very sharp and he seems the type of player who could play well in a team like ours.

“At 22, he’s a year younger than me, too, so there is a lot of potential there and let’s hope he can fulfil that at Tottenham. He speaks fluent English, too, which helps, and it means he has settled in straight away with the rest of the squad.”

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