Gareth Bale has scored 10 goals in his last 10 appearances for Tottenham. Since scoring the first goal of his hat-trick against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, Jermain Defoe having already scored the opening goal, Bale has provided 62.5% of Tottenham’s goals in matches in which he has played. He missed the 3 – 1 home win over Reading through suspension.
The goals in the other matches where Bale played have come from Clint Dempsey (4), Aaron Lennon and an own goal at Sunderland. On New Year’s Day, in Bale’s absence against Reading, Michael Dawson headed the first goal of 2013 with Emmanuel Adebayor contributing a rare goal this season and Dempsey completed the scoring.
Tottenham’s goals in 2013, in all competitions, have come from Bale (7), Dempsey (5), Dawson and Adebayor.
The general concensus of opinion at White Hart Lane during Thursday’s Europa League as the game drew to a conclusion was that only Bale could score. None of the other players seemed to be prepared to have a strike at goal, preferring to pass the ball rather than shoot. That proved to be correct with Bale providing the last minute winner. Who else can ease the pressure and lift the burden from Bale’s shoulders?
In the first half of the season, Jermain Defoe managed to maintain a consistent goalscoring record which helped to keep Tottenham near the top of the Premier League. He hasn’t scored since that strike against Villa and didn’t look as sharp in the matches prior to his injury against West Brom which continues to keep him out.
Clint Dempsey has scored a number of crucial goals including the late equaliser against Manchester United and with Bale has contributed most since the beginning of the year. He is not a prolific scorer nor an out-and-out striker and in recent matches he has been less influential than earlier in the season once he’d settled into a role playing behind Defoe.
Emmanuel Adebayor has not looked in any sort of goal scoring form this season and since his return from the Africa Cup of Nations there hasn’t been any obvious improvement.
Where will a goal come from?
If Gareth Bale doesn’t score for Tottenham, who will?
Aaron Lennon has never been a regular goal scorer but is capable of getting important goals as his record shows.
Mousa Dembele hasn’t added to his debut goal and seems reluctant to shoot, preferring to pass rather than go for goal.Any of the defenders could score from a set-piece if the delivery is right but that is not one of the stronger parts of Tottenham’s game.
On the showing in recent matches, the player most likely to provide a goal could be new signing, Lewis Holtby. Against Newcastle he demonstrated a willingness to strike at goal with a number of shots going close. He certainly doesn’t lack the confidence or the technique when shooting and may come up with a goal.
Gareth Bale has been in fantastic form in recent weeks,scoring great goals but Tottenahm need some of the other players to contribute to the goal scoring. If Bale’s form dips or if a team succeed in stopping his threat, Spurs need someone else to step in to the breach or they will fulfill the critical suggestion that “Tottenham are a one-man team.”