Football - Bale will put emotion to one side

Gareth Bale will forget any emotional attachment he has with Southampton tomorrow and instead concentrate on making his 200th Tottenham appearance a winning one.

PA Sport

Bale has enjoyed the most successful few days of his career this week, picking up a hat-trick of awards in recognition of the 24 goals he has scored for Spurs this term.

The 23-year-old added the Football Writers' Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year award to his trophy cabinet just four days after he won Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Awards.

He may have just become the only player other than Cristiano Ronaldo to pick up the prestigious treble in the same season, but the Welshman's mind is firmly focused on the visit of his former club Southampton to White Hart Lane.

Bale enjoyed a meteoric rise through the youth ranks at Saints' famed academy, but he is determined to cast aside any emotion he feels towards the club so he can mark the landmark occasion with a vital win that will boost Tottenham's Champions League qualification bid.

"It's obviously great to get the 200 games under your belt and to make it against Southampton makes it even more special," Bale told Spurs TV Online.

"Hopefully I can it even more special with a win.

"They mean a lot to me, that club. I was there from nine-years-old until I was 17 so it's a club close to my heart and I still have a lot of friends down there.

"But no matter who the opposition is we need to win and we need to put ourselves right in contention."

View Comments