Gareth Bale’s immense value to Spurs has been underlined in the last seven days by two vital goals. While it may be unfair to say that the Welshman has single-handedly earned four points from our trips to Norwich and West Brom, he seemed the player most likely to find the net in two close games.
Of course, many would argue that Rafael van der Vaart had the same ability to sneak the most important of goals but while we’ve coped to an extent without VDV, losing Bale would be a far bigger obstacle to overcome.
In the wake of his recent performances, praise has been coming in from many areas, including these comments from his new team mate Jan Vertonghen.
“Of course you have Messi and Ronaldo,” Vertonghen is quoted by Sky Sports.
“And then you’ve got a lot of players who are very close to each other and I think Gareth Bale is one of them, like at the level of the best teams in the world.
“He could play for every team in the world. For me he’s a world class player.”
Vertonghen’s views are backed up by Gareth’s Welsh International colleague Craig Bellamy who surprising declared that Bale was a factor in him continuing to play for the national side.
“For him to be Welsh makes me feel immensely proud,” Bellamy said.
“He is Welsh, no-one else can have him, he is from our country and he is someone we should be proud of and he makes me feel very proud when I watch him play and I am proud to play alongside him. At this moment he is certainly one of the world’s best players, no two ways about it.”
Whatever happens over the remainder of the season, the summer of 2013 will bring a fresh batch of rumours over a move away from the club. Astronomical transfer fees will be quoted but at present, Gareth Bale is absolutely priceless.