Gareth Bale claimed he only needed a run of play to get back to his best after scoring a hat-trick against Sheffield United on Sunday.
Bale returned to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid this summer. The move led to a lot of excitement from fans after his previous incantation with the club. He ended up becoming the world’s most expensive player, but he has not always regained such form since.
After being frozen out of the picture in Madrid, he was allowed to return to the Spurs for the season. However, he struggled to build momentum back in London, despite flashes of his quality.
But the biggest reminder ever of what he can do came Sunday, when he scored three times against the basement side Sheffield United. It was his first Premier League hat-trick since returning to English football.
It also meant that he has now actually scored more goals than the number of matches he has started in the Premier League this season.
There are still doubts about whether Bale will be able to become a permanent Tottenham player again next season. But in the wake of his performance against the magazines, he was simply happy to be back to his best.
“It’s always nice to get another hat trick and another match ball,” he said Sky Sports.
“I remember my last hat trick – Villa away I think. That was a while ago and it’s nice to get a hat trick, but more importantly it’s three points for the team and we move on to the next one.
“It was a fantastic performance by everyone, especially Serge [Aurier, who provided two assists]. I said if it was three assists, he could get the match ball.
“Winning always makes everyone happy and gives a winning mentality to the locker room. It does not happen overnight, but I feel like taking a step in the right direction.
“Of course you have to take your chances when they come, and luckily I had a couple tonight.
“I’m fine. Like I said before, I just needed to play games and get a game, and I do that now, so I’m happy, and when I’m happy, I usually play well.”
‘Playing more like Tottenham’
It has been a frustrating season for not only Bale but Tottenham as a whole. Earlier in the campaign, they briefly topped the table and looked like potential title challengers.
But things stagnated quickly and fans became annoyed with Jose Mourinho’s style of play. The head coach was finally fired last month and was replaced by Ryan Mason temporarily.
Bale previously played alongside Mason during the latter’s own playing career, though they only shared a pitch twice. But the Welshman is pleased with the style of play the 29-year-old has implemented and claims it is closer to how Tottenham should approach play.
“It was a great performance by the team,” Bale continued. “From the first whistle, I felt like we were on our toes and got control of it and played good football.
“I feel we are taking a step in the right direction and playing more like the Tottenham way.”
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