🦁 Premier League Player of the Week - Winger rolls back the years

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Padraig Whelan

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It was another dramatic matchday of action (and even non-action) in the Premier League as the season winds towards a conclusion.

And our player of the week from it all is …

Gareth Bale (Tottenham)

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A ruthless left-footed hat-trick from Gareth Bale, you say?

You’d be forgiven for thinking it was still 2010 as the Spurs star rolled the clock back a decade and that performance at San Siro against Inter.

This time, it was Sheffield United who were put to the sword.

While this hat-trick may not have been as aesthetically impressive as the one in Italy, it was nonetheless vintage Bale.

All three goals, in their own way, were extremely impressive as the Real Madrid loanee sparked more talk about potentially being kept in north London next season.

His run and cheeky finish for the first were perfectly executed and he showed he still has the legs and composure with his second before zipping a sweet daisy-cutter into the corner to claim the match ball.

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He looked like a player whose confidence in his ability is back and he admitted after the game that all he needed was regular playing time to prove he’s still among the best.

“It’s always nice to get a hat-trick and another match ball. It’s been a while since my last one, Villa away I think,” he told Sky Sports.

“Obviously you have to take your chances when they come and thankfully I had a few. I feel good and as I said before, I just needed to play and get a run of games.

“That’s happening now so I’m happy and when I’m feeling happy, normally I play well.”

His latest heroics mean that the Wales international has the best goals-per-minute ratio in the league this season, averaging one ever 72 minutes.

In the wake of the reports that the next Spurs manager will be offered the chance to try keep him next year, it would be hard to turn him down when he’s turning in these kind of performances.

When it comes to Bale, that’s par for the course.