Wilkins: Bale is ´unplayable´
Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins describes Gareth Bale's current form as 'unplayable'.
The Spurs winger has scored eight goals in his last six games, with a number of outstanding strikes leading to comparisons with the world's best players as he guides Andre Villas-Boas' side towards Champions League qualification.
Although Wilkins is in awe of the 23-year-old's recent performances, he argues that Bale has to maintain his sensational run for seasons to come in order to be considered one of the world's best players - starting against Arsenal on Sunday.
"(Bale is) outstanding at the moment - it gets to a point when you see these players play and they're unplayable and he's in that sort of spell at the moment where he's a little bit unplayable," he told Goal.com.
"He can do anything he wants on the football field - that's a player playing at the top of his confidence and the top of his creative ability, and long may it continue.
"But when the slump comes - and don't be surprised, because it will - it's just a case of keeping (his form) going as long as it can. He will have to put in a performance which isn't genius but it's good.
"That level is what all players have to try and attain and Bale's exactly the same.
"He has set the bar and he has to reach those levels season-in, season-out now - that's the level he is at. A sign of greatness is when you can stay at that level like Ronaldo, (Paul) Scholes, (Lionel) Messi - they stay at that level, they don't drift away from it.
"He now has to maintain this form over the next three or four years."
Bale was awarded the PFA Players' Player of the Year for 2010/11 and has attracted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona but Wilkins expects the Welshman to stay at White Hart Lane as long as Champions League football is on offer.
"It's all about playing at the highest level and Gareth's performances are geared towards playing Champions League football," he said. "He'll want to play Champions League football and I think Tottenham will give him that this year."