Paul Scholes suggests one variable which could decide whether Spurs make top four

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Paul Scholes has said that Gareth Bale has to be fit for the remainder of the season if Tottenham Hotspur want to finish in the top four.

It was not long ago that Bale was written off as a flop by some pundits, with one journalist even questioning the winger’s appetite to prove himself at the top level.

However, the Welshman has been in impressive form over recent weeks and is showing signs of returning to form somewhat near his best.

The 31-year-old netted another brace in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday to make it six goals in his last six appearances in all competitions for the North Londoners.

Bale’s upturn in form has helped Jose Mourinho’s man claw themselves back into the race for the top four with three back-to-back wins.

Scholes admitted that the North Londoners look a formidable proposition with Bale, Kane and Son leading the line and insisted that a top-four finish is within their grasp.

The former Manchester United midfielder told Premier League Productions (as relayed by The Express): “They look a different team.

“The threats they’ve got in those forward areas, as good as anything in the league really. Just behind them is probably the problem.

“If you keep him fit as I said before, the quality he’s shown throughout his career, at Real Madrid okay he’s been quiet the last couple of years and hasn’t played a lot of games, hasn’t played a lot of football.

“But he’s looking fit, he’s looking sharp, it’s not just his goals but it’s his quality he brings, great left foot, switches the play at times. He’s brilliant and he’s got a lot of confidence.

“I think if Tottenham are going to finish in the top four, he’s going to have to have a big part to play and he’s got to stay fit.”

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We certainly look like a much more formidable attacking unit with Bale back to his best. It is not just the quality the Welshman is capable of producing but the fact that he attracts a lot of attention from opposition defences also affords Kane and Son a little more space in the attacking third.

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