Gareth Bale insisted he is ‘feeling good’ and ‘happy’ with caretaker manager Ryan Mason‘s
new attacking style
after scoring a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Sheffield United.
Delivering arguably his best performance since returning to the Tottenham Hotspur
Stadium on loan in the summer,
Bale was part of a revamped Tottenham front line, which saw him, Harry Kane,
Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli and Giovani
Lo Celso all starts, with just Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg playing the defensive midfield role.
Asked what about Mason’s attacking tactics made him happy, Bale told Sky Sports:
‘(It’s) the fact that we’re
more on the front foot, we’re closer to the goal and you’re able to score more.
The Welshman was alarmingly under-used by former boss Jose Mourinho,
even when he had regained peak condition, and playing with freedom in a front
four with Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, and Dele Alli, Spurs were a constant threat
and a far cry from the pragmatic style that dogged Mourinho’s era.
After scoring his first Tottenham hat-trick since 2012, Bale also told Sky Sports:
“It’s always nice to get another hat-trick and another match ball.
“I remember my last hat-trick – Villa away I think. It was a while ago and it’s nice
to get a hat-trick, but more importantly, it’s three points for the team and we move
on to the next one.
“It was a great performance by everyone especially Serge [Aurier, who provided two
assists]. I said if it was three assists he could have the match ball.
“Winning always makes everyone happy and gives a winning mentality to the
dressing room. It’s not going to happen overnight but I feel like we’re taking a step
in the right direction
“Obviously you have to take your chances when they come, and thankfully I had
a few tonight. I’m feeling good. As I’ve said before I just needed to play games and
get a run of games and I’m doing that now, so I’m happy, and when I’m happy
I normally play well.