Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick when Tottenham climbed to fifth place in the Premier League with a 4-0 victory over Sheffield United on Sunday.
The hosts started brightly and stuck their noses in front when Serge Aurie’s curved pass was completed calmly by Bale in less than half an hour.
The Spurs once again had the ball in the back of the net just after the break, only to rule out Son Heung-min’s offside effort. Then the blades tightened, but not for long, as Bale grabbed a definite second with 61 minutes on the clock.
Shortly after the Welshman completed his hat-trick, he shot at home close to the penalty area after Orie fired him. Son then added a little gloss to the result, squeezing one in the top corner as the ball trimmed the ladder in its path.
Here are your player ratings for both teams …
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 6/10 – Very little to do. His only salvation was routine.
Serge Aurier (RB) – 9/10 – Show great ingenuity in adjusting the opener. It performs well, protects perfectly and, if necessary, pushes higher.
Eric Deere (CB) – 7/10 – A little smug early. However, as Spurs moved forward, he looked very comfortable.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – 7/10 – Quite neatly in possession and played his role in pure form. I can’t ask for much more.
Sergio Reguilon (LB) – 7/10 – Quiet game, considering all things. He could offer more in the last third, but sometimes it was dangerous.
Pierre-Emile Heubierg (CM) – 7/10 – Business as usual for the ever-present Dane. He did everything that was required of him and more.
Giovanni Lo Celso (CM) – 7/10 – He continued to beat the spurs in the midfield with his orderly pass. Chips in defense too. Solid but not spectacular.
Dele Ali (AM) – 7/10 – He plays his part in some of the best moves of the spurs. He also worked hard.
Gareth Bale (RW) – 10/10 – One of the best performances of his loan. He completed all three goals clinically. His second was 50th in the Premier League.
Harry Kane (ST) – 7/10 – He seemed a little slow, but he was still causing problems. If someone was removed from the line early.
Son Heung-min (LW) – 9/10 – Unfortunately a strike was ruled out, as it was a kind of ending. Set Bale’s second and then make up for your disappointment by taking your own goal.
Harry winks – 6/10 – Strong and stable cameo.
Stephen Bergwine – 7/10 – He created a chance after he came.
Eric Lamela – 5/10 – Bad decision making during his cameo.
Aaron Rumsdale (GK) – 5/10 – He can’t do much for any of the purposes. They were all great finishes.
George Baldock (CB) – 4/10 – Occasionally sailed in the last third. He tried to keep Son and Kane under control.
John Egan (CB) – 4/10 – Bambolized by the movement of spurs several times.
Chris Basham (CB) – 5/10 – Early cleared Kane’s efforts off the line. In the end, it turned out to be useless, but it was still quite impressive.
Jaden Bogle (RWB) – 4/10 – He had a difficult task to keep his son and fight.
Oliver Norwood (CM) – 6/10 – Not too bad. Whenever the Blades created something, he was at the heart of it.
John Fleck (CM) – 5/10 – Lucky not to be kicked out for looting the spikes on Lo Celso’s face.
Ben Osborne (CM) – 4/10 – It was difficult to get close to the Spurs midfield. Offers a little creativity.
Enda Stevens (LWB) – 5/10 – I worked hard. He did not encroach.
David McGoldrick (ST) – 5/10 – He worked extremely hard, running the channels all night.
Rhian Brewster (ST) – 5/10 – Full passenger. I had ten touches before he got hooked at halftime.
Sander Mountains – 6/10 – I’m glad to see him again after a long cut. It seems to add a little solidity at first.
Oliver Burke – 5/10 – A bit of reporting, although I played 45 minutes.
Light mousse – N / A