The promising left-back enjoyed a superb start to his Spurs career with goals against Fulham, Arsenal and Middlesbrough, but he was unable to get a win while on the pitch and went 24 games for Spurs without a victory. An injured foot ruined his debut campaign and limited him to just 12 appearances in the 2007-08 season.
Injury struck again in 2009 when he required knee surgery but Bale returned to the side in September in an attacking role on the left wing to become a key figure as Tottenham qualified for the Champions League for the first time. He also broke his duck when he came on against Burnley, and picked up his first win as a starter against Fulham shortly afterwards.
The 2010-11 campaign saw Bale shoot to global prominence as he starred on the left-wing for Spurs at home and abroad. In the Champions League, he netted a hat-trick in the San Siro in a 4-3 defeat to Inter, before a man of the match display in a 3-1 win in the return leg. His performances did not go unnoticed and he was voted the PFA Footballer of the Year by his peers. Reported interest from Europe's biggest clubs inevitably followed but Spurs held onto their prized asset and after being named in the Premier League Team of the Season for the second successive year in 2012 he signed a new four-year contract with the club.
Bale is Wales' youngest ever international, playing for them against Trinidad and Tobago at just 16 years and 315 days to break Lewin Nyatanga's three-month old record. And he's also his country's youngest ever scorer, having scored against Slovakia on October 7, 2006 with a trademark free-kick.
Strengths: Excellent going forwards, with a goal-scoring touch. He can deliver a great cross on the run and he is also a free-kick specialist.
Weaknesses: Looks so unschooled in the arts of defending that he now plays predominantly as a left winger.
Career high: Winning the PFA Footballer of the Year award for his performances in the 2010-11 season.
Career low: Being labelled a jinx after 24 games for Spurs without a victory.
Style: Comfortable on the ball, he loves to raid the left flank to provide shots and crosses.
Quotes: "There can't be a better left-sided player anywhere. If he were English he'd be going to the World Cup now, that's for sure. He can play left-back or wide left in midfield, he's six foot and has great a physique. He can run all day, has an unbelievable left foot, has skill and his heading is top-class - he can do everything.'' Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.
Trivia: Bale played a record 24 Premier League games for Spurs without winning, eventually breaking that run against Burnley on September 26, 2009.
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