Preston's Paul Gallagher likens loan star to Gareth Bale

Middlesbrough loanee Adam Reach has been likened to Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale by his Preston North End teammate Paul Gallagher.

Preston's Paul Gallagher has told the Lancashire Evening Post that his teammate Adam Reach reminds him of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

Reach, like Bale, is a natural left-sider, but followed in the Welshman's footsteps by impressing in the number 10 role during Saturday's 2-1 Championship win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 23-year-old, who is on loan from Middlesbrough until the summer, was involved in Gallagher's opener at Molineux before finding the net himself in the second half to put the game out of Wolves' reach.

“Adam’s a bag of energy,” said Gallagher. “The way he moves, he reminds me of Gareth Bale. He’s got those big shoulders and he can drift with the ball.

“Reachy picked me out with a ball in the first half at Wolves and I managed to get the shot away, but unfortunately it went over the bar.

“He’s a very clever player, very strong and very good on the ball. He covers a lot of ground and is doing a great job for us.

“We can give him the ball and he can go and carry it the full length of the pitch.

“We have got a few players like that such as Daniel Johnson and Alan Browne, but Adam has come in and fitted in really well.”

Reach has scored four goals for Preston since arriving in September initially and is under contract at Boro, whose academy he graduated from, until 2019.

Bale, who remains the world's most expensive footballer, also began his career in the Championship at Southampton, before moving up a division with Tottenham Hotspur in 2007 and then to Real Madrid six years later.

The 26-year-old has also progressed in terms of his position; beginning at left-back and converting into a left winger before being utilised in a variety of attacking roles at the Bernabeu.

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