With two goals in a 4-0 victory over Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, Gareth Bale put in his best performance since returning to Tottenham Hotspur.
Bale continued his recent revival by scoring the game’s first goal after just two minutes, prodding in from close range. It was only his third league start of the season.
After 15 minutes, he set up Harry Kane for Tottenham’s second goal, and Lucas Moura made it 3-0 before halftime.
After 55 minutes, Bale scored his second goal of the game with a clinical finish, as Tottenham reclaimed their league form after losing five of their previous six games.
Tottenham climbed up to the eighth position in the table with 39 points from 25 games, reigniting their hopes of finishing in the top four.
Bale’s lack of Premier League game time has been a letdown following his return to the club in October on loan from Real Madrid, where he had left in 2013.
But the four-time Champions League winner is finally showing the kind of form that convinced Real Madrid to sign him.
He has now scored four goals in his last four games in all competitions, and despite failing to register in last week’s defeat to West Ham United, he was a standout second-half substitute.
Bale looked fit and sharp as he joined up beautifully with Kane and Son Heung-Min as Jose Mourinho unleashed the trio together, although against a Burnley side that was there to be taken.
“It’s not just about the numbers. It’s about our overall success and assisting the squad. I’m pleased with the goals and assists, and I’ll do everything I can to help the team “Bale said after the game.
“I’ve been in good spirits throughout the season. I’m at ease and having a nice time in the dressing room. I’m pleased, and I’m sure it shows on the field.”
Bale ghosted on to Son’s astute pass to touch past Nick Pope after a flowing Tottenham transfer ended after two minutes.
With a sublime diagonal pass, Bale spotted Kane’s run, and the England captain’s shot deflected past Pope for his 14th Premier League goal of the season.