Bale is Premier League’s most effective player as Spurs break records

The Wales winger struggled for playing time after returning to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid, with Bale himself admitting he has taken longer than he would have liked to reach top form.

But his goals and assists tally now averages more than one per 90 minutes, the best rate in the league, while his Spurs team-mates Harry Kane and Son Heung-min also rate highly.

Bale making hay

Recent doubles against Burnley and Crystal Palace took Bale to five goals in the Premier League this season, with a pair of assists along the way as he gels with Kane and Son in a fearsome front line.

His wait to build up fitness means he has still played only 501 minutes of league football since returning to north London, giving him an average of 1.26 goals or assists per 90 minutes.

That is the most for any player with at least five goals and assists combined – and the rest of the top five also makes pleasant reading for Spurs…

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Kane and Son shine on

England captain Kane is the only other player above one per game in the chart on 1.20 – he lies one goal behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot on 16, and leads the league with 13 assists.

Two of those were for Bale on Sunday but many have been for Son, whose assist for Kane’s second against Palace saw the pair break a Premier League record with 14 direct goal combinations – either Son assisting Kane or vice versa – this season.

That passed the mark of 13 set by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in Blackburn’s title-winning season of 1994-95.

Son himself ranks fifth with 0.85 goals and assists per 90 while he and Kane remain the most prolific Premier League partnership ever in terms of combined goals per 90 minutes on the field together.

They average 1.26 between them while the other active partnerships on the list – Salah and Sadio Mane, and Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling – have stagnated recently due to Aguero’s prolonged absence and Liverpool’s poor form.

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Salah stands alone as City sparkle

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