Garth Crooks has claimed that he now fancies Tottenham to get the better of Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final after Gareth Bale’s uptick in form.
It looked like Tottenham’s season was on the verge of whimpering out when the North Londoners were beaten 2-1 by West Ham three weeks ago.
However, three back-to-back wins against Burnely, Fulham and Crystal Palace have brought Jose Mourinho’s men right back into the race for the top four.
Bale’s resurgence has certainly been a big factor in Tottenham’s turnaround with Jose Mourinho’s frontline looking much more formidable with the Welshman now fit and firing.
Apart from trying to get back into the top four, Spurs are still going strong in the Europa League and have a Carabao Cup final to look forward to against City on April 25.
Crooks believes that Spurs could upset Pep Guardiola’s men with the on-loan Real Madrid man looking somewhat back to his best.
The former Tottenham forward included Bale in his Team of the Week and wrote about the 31-year-old in his BBC Sport column: “It has taken him some time to get match fit but what an asset Gareth Bale is proving to be.
“His two goals against Crystal Palace, both laid on a plate by Harry Kane, were well taken.
“However, Wales international Bale is finding some form and the net too. Six goals in six games is much more like what you expect.
“The big question now is: can he win a trophy with Spurs? I suddenly fancy Spurs to beat Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final with Bale and Kane in this mood.”
Unsurprisingly, Kane also made it into Crooks’ Team of the Week, with the former Tottenham man praising the striker’s unselfishness in setting up two goals for Bale.
Crooks wrote about the England captain: “The two assists for Bale were unselfishly brilliant, while his first goal was simply sensational.
“Spurs were too good for Palace on the day, although the visitors did have a moment. As for Kane’s second goal, the time it took VAR to decide what we already knew was unnecessary.
“Why does VAR have to check everything – especially when it’s clear to everyone that there is no offside? I have far more to say about how VAR is destroying the mood of the game in Crooks of the Matter below.”
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There is still a month and a half to go until the Carabao Cup final and a lot can change between now and then. However, there is no doubt that our prospects of potentially pulling off an upset look much better than it did a couple of weeks ago.
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