Norwich City 0 Tottenham 2: Redknapp hails brilliant Bale

Harry Redknapp hailed Gareth Bale's performance after the 22-year-old scored both of Tottenham's goals against Norwich City

Premier League, 27 December 2011, Carrow Road
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Harry Redknapp described Gareth Bale as “unplayable” after the Welshman’s brace fired Tottenham Hotspur to victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday.

Bale opened the scoring after 55 minutes when he combined with Emmanuel Adebayor to unlock the Canaries defence, before doubling Spurs’ lead with a superb solo effort 12 minutes later as the Londoners sealed a comfortable victory.

Redknapp said: “I played him and Rafa up there, rather than sticking him out on left wing because when he picks it up and runs at you through the middle and he pops up in positions between midfield and defence, it’s difficult to pick him up. When he finds those holes he is unplayable.

“I like it when he plays there. I just think sometimes when he stands out wide people go and mark him and then it’s difficult to get him in the game sometimes.

“Once he turns and runs with it like he did for the second goal, he is unstoppable. There was no catching him tonight. He did ever so well. He is a special talent. He has everything.”

When asked about the recent speculation linking Bale with a move away from White Hart Lane, Redknapp added: “It would only be a Barcelona, a Manchester City or Real Madrid who would be able to pay for him.

“They are the only ones who could afford to pay the transfer fee and his wages, but he isn’t for sale. The chairman has said he isn’t for sale.

“If we sell him we’ve had it haven’t we? If you looking to go somewhere you don’t go and sell a player like him.”

The win moved third-placed Spurs to within seven points of Manchester City and Manchester United, with Redknapp’s side having played a game less than the joint leaders.

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