BBC pundit Garth Crooks was left raving about Tottenham’s Gareth Bale after his performance on Sunday in the Premier League.
Spurs have had a turbulent time lately with the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City, but back-to-back Premier League wins has given them an outside shot of a top four finish.
The north London club are going to need results to go their way, but they are five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea with four games left.
Interim boss Ryan Mason watched his side demolish already relegated Sheffield United 4-0 at the weekend.
Bale, 31, was at the very heart of his team’s performance with a brilliant hat-trick. It now means the Welsh attacker has 14 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions this season for Spurs since he joined on loan from Real Madrid.
BBC pundit Crooks picked out his second goal as a standout moment.
The left-footer emphatically powered in a shot to the top right corner with his favoured foot after driving up the pitch at pace.
“I’m not going to get too excited about Tottenham beating a relegated team at home. What I did see that made me sit up and take notice was Gareth Bale’s finishing against Sheffield United,” Crooks wrote for BBC Sport.
“This was a hat-trick of the highest quality and his second goal was nothing short of world class.”
Bale’s stunning hat-trick shows that he’s someone playing with real confidence, which is brilliant news for the Wales national team going into this summer’s European Championships.
The on-loan Spurs forward looks a good bet to score some more goals during the final few games of the season, and he’ll want to go out in style before returning to Madrid.
It does beg the question of why hasn’t he started more games this year for Spurs?