Paul Scholes makes Tottenham top four prediction with Gareth Bale assessment

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Tottenham will finish in the Premier League top four this season if Gareth Bale remains fit for the remainder of the campaign, claims Manchester United legend Paul Scholes. Bale has scored six goals in his last six matches in all competitions. The Wales international initially struggled on his return to Tottenham from Real Madrid on loan.

Bale has now started the last three league matches which Spurs have all won.

He scored a brace in the 4-0 victory over Burnley last month before another two goals in the 4-1 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Tottenham are sixth in the table, two points off Chelsea in fourth who play Everton tonight.

Scholes says Spurs’ frontline is one of the best with Bale in it and says the 31-year-old is crucial to Champions League qualification hopes.

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“They look a different team,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

“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.

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“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.”

Speaking after the Palace win, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho claimed Bale is now over the “psychological scars” which hampered his first few months back at the club.

“Nobody challenged him. We just supported him,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

“I found psychological scars. When you have a couple of seasons with lots of injuries I think it is not about the muscular scars but the psychological scars – that brings fears and instability.

“There is a moment when you are working very well and everyone around you is giving everything we can give, there is a moment where that psychological barrier has to be broken.

“And he broke it. It was him, not us. We just supported him.”

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