He's my Golden Bale! AVB backs Spurs ace to beat RVP and Suarez to top scorer prize

By Paul Hirst, Press Association


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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas sees no reason why Gareth Bale cannot win the Golden Boot this season.

With 11 matches of the season left, Bale has already racked up an impressive 15 goals in the Barclays Premier League - five more than his previous best in an entire season.

That tally leaves Bale four short of current top scorer Robin van Persie, and three adrift of Liverpool's Luis Suarez, but if the trio keep on scoring at their current rates then it will be the Welshman who ends up finishing the season as top scorer.

Career best: Gareth Bale is in the form of his life ahead of the North London derby

Career best: Gareth Bale is in the form of his life ahead of the North London derby

Over the last seven games Bale has averaged 1.28 goals per match, significantly more than Van Persie (0.28), Suarez (0.71) and Swansea hitman Michu (0.42).

Should Bale maintain this ratio he will end the season with 29 goals, with Suarez three behind on 26 and Van Persie even further adrift on 22.

'It is possible (that Bale can win the Golden Boot), yes,' Villas-Boas said.

'That would be excellent. I am not sure (if he will). It is difficult. There are a lot of players competing. Van Persie, Suarez, and Jermain Defoe is still in the mix, but it is possible.'

Few would have predicted that Bale would become one of the hottest properties in world football when he made his debut for Spurs in 2007 as a gangly left-back.

The second goal the Welshman scored for the north London club following his arrival from Southampton six years ago was against bitter rivals Arsenal - the team they face tomorrow at White Hart Lane.

Back then Arsenal were always big favourites to beat Spurs in the derby, but it has been a much more even affair of late, with both teams winning three games, and three being drawn, over the last five years.

Villas-Boas yesterday played down the suggestion that Spurs are now the masters of north London, but he knows the seven-point gap they will open up over Arsenal if they win will prove crucial in the race for Champions League qualification.

'We are focused on trying to win because it's important to establish our position in the Premier League,' the Tottenham manager said.

Manchester United's Robin van Persie
Luis Suarez

Going for gold: Robin van Persie (L) and Luis Suarez are Bale's rivals for the Golden Boot prize this season

'Our objective is to gain the most amount of points as we can and against Arsenal, we have the chance to move further away from them and put ourselves in a more comfortable position.

'It's an opportunity. The players are ready, prepared and we all know what we want to achieve this season.

'This is a very specific game, anything could happen really.

'I think it will be an open game from both sides, full of emotion, full of adrenaline, unpredictable. I think that's the sort of game we expect and most of the fixtures have translated like that.'

Target: Andre Villas-Boas said it would be 'tremendous' if Tottenham finished ahead of Arsenal

Target: Andre Villas-Boas said it would be 'tremendous' if Tottenham finished ahead of Arsenal

The fixture has produced some cracking games in recent times. The 4-4 draw in 2008, Spurs' second half-comeback in the 3-2 win at the Emirates in 2010, and last year's 2-1 win at White Hart Lane will be the most memorable among those devoted to the blue and white half of north London.

Arsenal fans, on the other hand, will have no trouble recalling the two 5-2 thrashings at the Emirates Stadium over the last 12 months.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored the opener in the last derby, but was then sent off after 18 minutes and Arsenal showed no mercy by putting five past their opponents.



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At least you southerners will get one of yours to win something. Its easy to look good in a average team. You've invented your own competition to win something. Scott Parker previous footballer of the year, also played in a poor team. Still it makes you feel succesful.

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Bale and suarez both very good but until they and their team are in a position where they can win something not sure they will be seen as greats.....bit like Giggs and Wales...great player in a poor team ....mind you could say that about England...lol

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Maybe if Suarez and Van Persie both get injured and are out for the rest of the season.

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Ba and Michu better candidates than Bale for Golden Boot. Also, 6 goals behind Suarez...mheh, can't see it happening...

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These three are at the top of premier league. I do want Suarez to win it coz he plays top quality football. But still Bale is a speedster and flies past the defenders and van Persie is a top finisher. Every manager backs his players to win it but Bale is now a little adrift.

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Oh my god this Bale hype! Please go away. We've had enough. Yes he's a very good player but the media is acting like it's the second coming of jesus or something. Please give it a rest. - TomD, Fareham, United Kingdom, 02/03/2013 19:19 You must live a sad existence if your day consists of trolling through spurs related stories GET A LIFE YOU TROLL

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If Bale wins the golden boot then Spurs definitely need some new strikers

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check your stats now a hatrick by suarez .You an just put your stats to drain Bale is now 6 shot Suarez .Most important is that Suarez & Van Persie you just cannot predict them they can make goal with absolutely nothing

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AVB=Always Voting Bale. But whats he supposed to say. In his mind though he has to be thinking Suarez is just impossible. Most exciting player in the world at the moment and easily the most dangerous striker. Bales just pace past a plyer and half decent shot. Suarez is Magic. RvP is decent but not looked that much since Chrimbo.

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The Daily Bale. Again.

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