As well as scoring 3 goals, Bale also created 4 chances for his team mates, with all but one coming from a set piece. His 4 chances created were as many as the entire Villa team managed throughout the game. Bale’s dribbling accuracy was also higher than it has been this season at 75% - much higher than his average of 45% for the season and he attempted the most dribbles out of everyone on the pitch (8). Looking at the stats below, this was Bale’s most effective game this season as an attacking threat. Coming off his left wing he was heavily involved in central areas of the pitch and from these areas he attempted an impressive 7 shots with them all on target (5 hit the target but a further two that were destined for the target were blocked). This is the highest amount of shots he has had in a single game this season. His shot conversion rate of 60% was extremely impressive and when presented with a clear cut scoring opportunity he ensured he took it.
There are few better sights in the Premier League than a free flowing Gareth Bale. If Tottenham are going to finish in the top 4 this season, they will need more performances like this one from their Welsh wizard.
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