To say that Tottenham will have been pleased with Gareth Bales quicker that expected return from an ankle injury in a understatement. The Welshman once again proved pivotal as Spurs came from 1-0 down to beat Manchester City 3-1 at the Lane on Sunday.
Having missed out on Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Everton Bale was once again up to his old tricks as he delivered another healthy points return for fantasy managers as Tottenham produced a superb second-half comeback.
Over the last few months, Bale’s potential had increased as a result of a move to a central role but yesterday it was a shift out wide that proved decisive.
Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to switch from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 on the hour mark allowed Bale to move to the right flank and, after a superb assist for Clint Dempsey’s equaliser, he followed it up with Spurs’ third to serve up a sixth double figure haul in his last eight appearances.
While many fantasy managers sold Bale after he picked up his ankle injury, his speedy return will certainly open the flood gates as fantasy managers buy him back in their droves.
Tottenham have a good run of fixtures coming up as they go in search of Champions League football next season with games against Wigan and Southampton to come before Tottenham face a double fixture week against Chelsea and Stoke.
Bale is sure to have an impact on the proceedings at both ends of table over the coming weeks and already is being talked about as the big captain shout for round 37 given Tottenham’s double.
It wasn’t all Bale at the Lane on Sunday however both Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe got in on the act and with Aaron Lennon struggling to prove his fitness Dempsey could be a decent differential shout after he got on the score sheet for the second time in six starts.
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