Gareth Bale was once again on the score sheet as he scored another stunning late winner for Tottenham, but despite his side’s 1-0 win over Sunderland it was not enough to win the battle to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday.
Going into the game Tottenham knew that matters were out of their hands and they were reliant on Newcastle to take points off the Gunners if they were to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Unfortunately for Tottenham the Mapie’s couldn’t upset the odds and take anything from the game despite pushing the Gunners hard and for Tottenham it is once again a case of so close but no cigar.
To add to Tottenham’s frustration they had their highest-ever Premier League points total, their tally of 72 beating last season’s 69, when Harry Redknapp’s team finished fourth but failed to qualify for the Champions League because sixth-placed Chelsea won the competition and qualified as holders.
In a quite remarkable season, Bale has racked up 21 goals and nine assists and has delivered double figures on no less than 7 occasions –given that Robin Van Persie has produced only three sets of double figures, it highlights the Welshman’s explosive potential and providing he continues in a central role next time out, he’ll be favoured by many to oust the United man as the top scoring player for 2013/14 having come within 16 points of doing so this season.
While there is much talk of whether or not Bale will still be at the Lane next season the one thing we can bank on is that if he is still plying his trade in the Premier League he is pretty certain to be the first name on a lot of fantasy team sheets.
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