Gareth Bale was the talisman of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League match against Sheffield United on Sunday, May 3, 2021. The 31-year-old winger scored three goals in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Sheffield.
Gareth Bale scored the opener in the 36th minute which was the only goal of the first 45 minutes. The second half started in the same way the first half ended, Tottenham were all out in full force against their opponent.
In the 61st minute of the game, Gareth Bale picked up from where he ended the first half by scoring the second goal of the match. Eight minutes later, the Welshman made it three for Tottenham.
When Sheffield United thought they have had enough in the match they enjoyed only 34 percent of the ball possession, Heung-Min Son made it four for Spurs in the 77th minute.
After the 4-0 victory over Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur jumped from the 7th spot to the 5th spot on the league table pending the outcome of the league match between Burnley and 6th placed West Ham United. If West Ham United win the match that is scheduled to kick-off at 20:15 today, Tottenham will return to the 6th spot pending the outcome of the postponed match between 7th placed Liverpool and Manchester United.
If Liverpool win the match, Tottenham would return to the 7th spot while Liverpool would move to the 6th or 5th spot depending on what West Ham do against Burnley later in the day.
Gareth Bale is happy
After the 4-0 victory over Sheffield United, Gareth Bale who returned to Tottenham Hotspur in September 2020 on loan from Real Madrid, recalled the first time he scored a hat-trick for Spurs in 2012 against Aston Villa.
He noted how “nice” it feels to “get another hat-trick and another match ball”, adding that winning always makes everyone happy.
Bale said: “I remember my last hat-trick – Villa away I think. It 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 great performance by everyone especially Serge [Aurier, who provided two assists]. I said if it was three assists he could have the match ball.
“Winning always makes everyone happy and gives a winning mentality to the dressing room. It’s not going to happen overnight but I feel like we’re taking a step in the right direction.
“Obviously you have to take your chances when they come, and thankfully I had a few tonight. I’m feeling good. As I’ve said before I just needed to play games and get a run of games and I’m doing that now, so I’m happy, and when I’m happy I normally play well.
“It was a great performance by the team. From the first whistle, I felt we were on the front foot and got control of it and played some good football. I feel like we are taking a step in the right direction and playing more like the Tottenham way.”
Gareth Bale’s future
Though Gareth Bale is happy that he is playing and scoring for Tottenham Hotspur, his future at the club is not certain. He would most likely return to Real Madrid at the end of this season if his loan spell at Spurs is not extended.
While acknowledging how brilliant Bale was in the match against Sheffield United, the club’s interim coach Ryan Mason said the future of the 31-year-old Wales international might be discussed at the end of the season.
“I think that is a discussion once the season is done. Our priority is the next game”, Mason.
On Bale’s performance on Sunday, the coach recalled that he “said all along Gareth hasn’t and won’t lose that ability in the final third to produce moments of excellence. He’s a world-class player – he’s proved that over many years. The most pleasing thing about him tonight was his attitude, his running for the team”.
So far this season, Bale has scored 9 Premier League goals and provided two assists in 16 Premier League games for Tottenham.