Gareth Bale isn’t sure he can return to the consistent standard he set in his first stint at Tottenham, despite having a rich streak of goalscoring form.
Bale has provided six goals and three assists in his last six appearances in all competitions, having played just 70 minutes or less on each of those outings.
Prior to this superb streak, the loaned Real Madrid winger had scored just four times without registering a single assist in 16 matches.
Bale’s most recent goals came in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, in which an outstanding full display also included four key assists.
But, when asked full-time if Spurs fans could expect him to replicate the outing which saw him involved in 37 goals in 44 games in 2012-13, winning his transfer to Madrid. , the 31-year-old was hesitant.
“Time will tell,” Bale told Sky Sports. “I’m not 21 anymore. That’s how it is.
“I’m just going to keep working hard every game, taking every game as it comes, and we’ll go from there.
“Your body changes over time. You don’t have that kind of youth where you can recover quickly and keep sprinting for 90 minutes.
“You learn your body as you get older and that’s what I have to do.”
He added: “I feel good. It takes a little while sometimes, but I have enough experience to be patient. That’s what it is.
“You have to feel good, and you have to feel good then to seize your opportunities.
“Football is a strange thing; you can go through bad form and good form. It’s just a matter of being patient, and when you have the chance, try to grab it.”
Harry Kane has scored Tottenham’s last two goals, each having created Bale’s efforts. He became the first Spurs player since Jurgen Klinsmann in 1998 to score at least two goals and assist at least twice in the same Premier League game.
The tie-up between Kane and Bale has reportedly encouraged coach Jose Mourinho, but the England captain also teamed up with Son Heung-min for the fourth goal.
Son’s assist means the duo have scored 14 top-flight goals this season, a new competitive record.
And Bale was amused by the suggestion that Son, who had been scoreless in the league for a month, might be jealous of the partnership the Wales superstar and Kane enjoy.
“[Kane] is fantastic, an incredible forward, ”Bale said. “He showed it again tonight and he’s been so consistent.
“It’s another fantastic performance from him. We’re lucky to have him here.
“Sonny is fine. Obviously we all want to score, but we all know that the most important thing for the team is to score to help the team to score three points and we keep moving forward.”
Dele Alli, resurrected in recent weeks, hasn’t even come off the bench, and Bale said of Mourinho’s attacking options: “That’s why I came here.
“The offensive players we have are amazing – not just the ones who played tonight, but the others on the bench as well. We are all pushing each other and it’s good to take the three points back.
“There are a lot of fights for places. You have to stay on your guard, keep working hard, and we’re having a good time, regaining the confidence and hopefully we can keep going.”