Gareth Bale is 20 years old today, but it’s easy to forget just how young he still is. I thought he looked brilliant for us when we first signed him, but then injury disrupted his debut season.

Last season wasn’t so good, but that’s no reason to write him off completely. Nor is the oft-quoted statistic about never being in a winning side for Spurs in a Premier League game. Look at what leaps and bounds Aaron Lennon has made in the last 12 months, or Benoit Assou Ekotto for that matter.

So let’s hope that Gareth is given the chance to fulfill his potential, wish him happy birthday and enjoy this goal (even if we did end up losing on the day).



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