Gareth Bale, appearing as a substitute for Spurs on Sunday evening, scored a powerful, accurate header to gift his side three points late on.
The Welshman returned to North London in the summer transfer window, a move that we exclusively reported would cost Daniel Levy close to £25m, and wasted little time becoming Spurs’ hero once again.
There was controversy at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with both Harry Kane and Heung Min Son guilty of simulation but Bale’s pinpoint header stole the headlines as his 73rd-minute header won the game for the home side.
The goal you've waited seven years for…
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 1, 2020
After a poor start to the Premier League season, Jose Mourinho’s side now sits second on the table, two points behind Liverpool and three above Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s men have, however, played a game fewer than their opponents.
Spurs have a tricky set of fixtures coming up, with the North Londoners set to play Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal over the course of the next month and if they can come through these games unscathed, there will be real promise for Mourinho and his players.
Bale could prove to be the difference between Spurs faltering at key stages this season and achieving real success. Tottenham have so often threatened to win silverware or qualify for Europe before falling short and disappointing their fans.
Alongside Harry Kane and Heung Min Son, Bale can cause any defence issues. Should he stay fit, there’s every chance he can help his side finish high up the table with Man City, Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal struggling for consistency.
Tottenham’s next game involves a trip to Bulgaria to face Ludogorets before an away game in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion.