He’s at it again.
From all of 30 yards, Gareth Bale cocked that left foot of his, picked his spot and unleashed a corker that bulged the top corner of the West Ham net, leaving goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen without a hope.
And how about the few steps he took before delivering his venomous drive?
After receiving the ball from Tom Carroll, he took one or two strides towards Gary O’Neil before suddenly cutting to his left and, more importantly, forcing the West Ham midfielder onto his right foot.
His control of the ball in relation to his body was exceptional and might have been even rarer had he not done something similar in the 13th minute when he opened the scoring. Or had he not done it against Norwich late last month, or against West Bromwich Albion, or against Newcastle, or against Lyon in the Europa League.
Since January 30, Bale has scored eight of the 10 goals Tottenham have managed in six matches. Four of them were game winners; one was an equalizer that helped earn his side a share of the points at Carrow Road.
With every one of them his value skyrockets.
There has been the usual talk of interest in the Welshman from the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United this calendar year, but none of that is really surprising. The biggest clubs in the world are always after the best players, and Bale’s recent run of form has put himself in that category.
What Spurs have at the moment is the finest footballer currently plying his trade in Great Britain, and with a place in next season’s Champions League looking more and more assured, they just might be able to hold on to their superstar, who doesn’t turn 24 until July.
Spurs next face Arsenal on Sunday, and you just wonder what Bale will have in store.
That’s the sign of a great player, really—you expect greatness from him game in, game out.