Jamie Redknapp has lauded Gareth Bale following Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Southampton on Wednesday, labelling the Welshman exceptional – in comments to Sky Sports (broadcast on 21/4; 19:54).
Ryan Mason’s spell in interim charge began with a win. However, it was the Saints who got the opening goal of the game.
In truth, Spurs were quite poor during the first-half. But they stepped their game up considerably after the break.
Tottenham put Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side under all kinds of pressure. Son Heung-min got the late winner from the penalty spot. But that only came after a moment of brilliance from Bale for the equaliser.
The 31-year-old curled a delicious effort into the far corner after Lucas Moura’s attempt on goal was blocked.
And Redknapp suggested that the sublime finish was fitting given Bale’s whole performance over the course of the evening.
“Gareth Bale was exceptional all game,” he told Sky Sports. “He was the difference, everything he seemed to do, there was a bit of purpose and amazing skill and pace. And he just looked like he was bang at it today.
“And it’s such a good finish, we’ve seen him do this so many times. He gets it onto that favoured left foot and he just clips it into that corner. He just makes it look so easy.”
It would be huge for Tottenham if Bale is ready to go on a good run – particularly with Harry Kane potentially a doubt for the Carabao Cup final.
He has shown glimpses of his quality since returning to North London. But it is surely fair to say that his spell has been an underwhelming one overall.
However, he reminded everyone that he is a potential game-changer. And with the cup final and the final stages of the top four race ahead, Bale has the stage that could now allow him to steal the show.