Bale has scored eight times in six games after hitting the winner last night against West Ham in the last minute.
“He inspires people and he is a direct influence on every single player,” said Villas-Boas. “Players like this take responsibility at key moments, he is tremendous.”
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.