David Bentley insists comparison with Bale is unfair on Spurs youngster

Former Tottenham midfielder David Bentley believes that comparisons with Gareth Bale have not done Ryan Sessegnon any favours since his move to Spurs.

The youngster has had a difficult first season in North London following his £25million move from Fulham last summer.

A hamstring injury he picked up while on international duty with England U21s last summer saw him sidelined for the first couple of months of the campaign (transfermarkt).

However, the 20-year-old did get more games under his belt after Jose Mourinho arrived at Spurs, although he still struggled to get a consistent run in the side.

Sessegnon is one of several Tottenham players who are yet to get any minutes under their belt since the restart.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed that the England Under-21 international is rated very highly by the Spurs boss, who believes who can mould him into a similar player to Ashley Cole.

However, Bentley is yet to be convinced that Sessegnon will come good at Spurs and insisted that only time will tell if the move to North London will work out for him.

Speaking about the pacy youngster, Bentley told 888Sport: “It’s too early to tell. For one thing, he has to play.

“Sessegnon was a good player at Fulham but he shouldn’t have been compared to Bale. That’s not fair.

“Bale could spray a fifty-yard pass onto a sixpence. He had an all-round game that he was showing glimpses of even at that age.

“With Sessegnon, you don’t know. If he plays there is a possibility he will come good but I’m not so sure.”

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It is clear from the training pictures and videos that Sessegnon has used the three-month break to bulk up. Jose seems focused on helping the youngster improve his defensive part of his game.

I think a loan move to a Premier League side could help his development next season as he is unlikely to get too many minutes at Spurs.

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