Spurs ran out 2-1 winners this evening as they prepared for the Carabao Cup final, with goals from Gareth Bale and Heung-Min Son seeing them past Southampton.
It was a spirited second half display from Spurs, who clearly got a rocket from Ryan Mason at half-time.
The likes of Bale, Lucas, and Son all suddenly looked more of a goal threat and the likes of Lo Celso and Reguilon had moments where they looked impressive with the ball.
Mason faces some big decisions for Sunday against Manchester City. It is a huge day and a chance for Spurs to finally bring a trophy home after over a decade without success.
And watching from afar this evening, former Spurs midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, thinks that Gareth Bale is now certain to start, after Ryan Mason took the Welsh winger off late on this evening.
Bale starts in cup final then ✅ #spurs
— Jamie Ohara (@Mrjamieohara1) April 21, 2021
Bale was withdrawn with around 10 minutes to go and put in a solid shift on the right of the attacking three. Indeed, his goal was the goal of a player who still has sufficient quality in the bag when needed.
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And that’s even more prevalent if Harry Kane doesn’t make it to the cup final. Spurs will need all their big-time players firing and Bale is certainly a man for a big occasion.
He’s scored in multiple cup finals, played on the highest stage with Real Madrid, and knows pressure.
On tonight’s showing, and with Mason taking him off, O’Hara is probably bang on the money with his prediction.