Tottenham boss, Andre Villas-Boas has tipped Gareth Bale to be Footballer of the Year after an amazing 25-yard strike in the last minute gave Spurs a dramatic win at West Ham and moved them up to third in the Barclays Premier League.
Bale had given the north London club an early lead before Andy Carroll and Joe Cole put the Hammers ahead.
But substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised with his first Premier League goal for the club before Bale’s last grab strike took Spurs above Chelsea and stretched their lead over fifth-placed Arsenal to four points ahead of Sunday’s north London derby.
‘He is playing at a tremendous level at the moment, he’s a terrific talent,'' Villas Boas said
‘He is certainly a contender for Footballer of the Year, he’s having a tremendous season.’concluded the former Porto and Chelsea manager
Bale’s last-gasp strike was his eighth goal in six games. Manager Andre Villas-Boas said: ‘He is a very special player and his performances lately have given him the belief he can score.
'We were very persistent, we didn’t drop back after equalising, we kept on pushing for a winning goal and got it in the end.’
Even West Ham manager Sam Allardyce praised the Welsh man for his brilliance ‘You’ve got to admire the goal, even though it is disappointing for us.
‘It doesn’t matter who you are, you’ve got to admire a goal by a player who is the big difference for Spurs.
You hear about Michu at Swansea and Robin Van Persie at Manchester United, but no one else is doing more for their football club than Gareth Bale.’
And the man in focus, Bale, knew the importance of the match and is happy with the result
‘We knew after the Chelsea result that we had a massive chance to get third spot. We deserved the victory.
‘I’m just enjoying my football. The most important thing is the team playing well. It is not about me it’s about the team.’