Spurs star Gareth Bale hot-favorite to win PFA Player of the Year award again
Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Gareth Bale has crossed his fingers for the PFA Player of the Year award. The prodigal Welsh footballer returned from injury to play a pivotal role in his sides 3-1 victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Gareth Bale helped Tottenham Hotspur equalize with a fantastic low cross for Clint Dempsey before producing a cheeky chip over Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart to score a goal of his own.
The 23-year-old, who has now scored 23 goals this season, is now one of the hot-favorites nominations for the PFA Player of the Year award. Gareth Bale has the chance of winning this award for the second successive year. The youngster has also been nominated for the Young Player award. The winner of this award will be announced in an official ceremony on Sunday night.
“It's massive. It's great for your peers to vote for you,” Gareth Bale told Tottenham Hotspur’s official website. “Bale told the club's official website. "Hopefully I do win. To be nominated is fantastic and fingers crossed.”
Meanwhile, victory over Manchester City helped Tottenham Hotspur strengthen their chances of securing a Champions League berth for next season. Bale has urged his team to stay on their toes as Tottenham Hotspur might need to win all of the last five games in order to win a Champions League spot.
Presently, Arsenal are placed third with 63 points and fourth placed Chelsea is only a point away. Tottenham Hotspur are sitting fifth with 61 points, but they like Chelsea have a game in hand.
“We knew it was a massive game and the lads showed what we have in the team - a lot of character,” Gareth Bale added. “It was a fantastic turnaround. As soon as we scored the first everyone had that belief and confidence, the fans raised the noise and gave us that belief to go forward and thankfully we were able to score two more.
“We need to keep that character, team spirit, and togetherness in to the last five games and push for our objectives this season.”
“My ankle was all right,” said Gareth Bale talking about his ankle injury and its recovery. “It was touch and go whether I was going to play but I got through it okay. It was a bit sore maybe in the first half but I got more confidence in the second half. It's just about managing it and carrying on.”