‘Close to his best’ – Spurs boss Mason delighted to see Bale in top form

Interim Tottenham Hotspur boss Ryan Mason has revealed his delight at seeing Gareth Bale hit his best form, the Welshman having looked much more like his usual self in recent weeks.

After enduring a somewhat bit-part role under the recently departed Jose Mourinho, the on-loan Real Madrid has been much more involved in recent games, catching the eye with four goals in just two league games under Mason’s stewardship.

Spurs’ most recent league encounter saw the left-footed forward bag a devastating hat-trick against bottom side Sheffield United in a 4-0 thrashing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, his first treble for the club since 2012.

That recent goalscoring spree has seen Bale move on to a respectable 14 goals in all competitions this season, an impressive feat considering he spent much of the first-half of the campaign restricted to the substitute’s bench.

According to former teammate and current boss Mason, the 29-year-old believes that we’re now seeing a ‘happy’ Bale playing near to his best.

“I can only go on the last two weeks,” Mason told his pre-match press conference.

“I experienced playing with him as well. He’s a top professional. He’s happy and I’m happy, and that’s important.

”I think at the moment we’re seeing Gareth close to his best.”

With Spurs still in the hunt for Champions League football, there’s still plenty to play for as the season reaches its climax, the club’s next game seeing them face a stern test in the form of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side on Saturday.

Ahead of that clash at Elland Road, Mason has provided a fitness update on his squad, with there seemingly no fresh injury concerns for the north London club.

“Ben Davies is the only one that has not been training, Tanguy [Ndombele] and Lucas [Moura] didn’t train for the majority of last week,” Mason said.

“They trained the day before the game but this week we have had a fully-fit squad.”

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