Jermain Defoe makes bold comparison between Duncan Watmore and Gareth Bale

Jermain Defoe has compared Duncan Watmore to his ex-Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has told BBC Sport that Black Cats winger Duncan Watmore reminds him of Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.

Defoe, 33, proved he can still score goals in the Premier League despite his advancing years with the winning goal against Crystal Palace on Monday, with Sam Allardyce's men claiming a vital 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park.

That win has given Sunderland fans hope once again that Allardyce can reverse their fortunes, and the supporters have been given something to shout about not only with that victory, but with the performances of promising young winger Duncan Watmore.

Watmore, 21, was initially on the books at Manchester United before dropping in to non-league with Altrincham, but his impressive performances prompted Sunderland in to signing him back in 2013.

Initially seen as a low-risk gamble, Watmore is now becoming an exciting prospect at the Stadium of Light, and he once again dazzled in a bright cameo appearance against Palace.

With pace and the ability to take players on, Watmore is turning in to a dangerous weapon for Allardyce, and veteran forward Jermain Defoe has praised the wide man.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Defoe has claimed that Watmore reminds him of his former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale, and hopes that the player could emulate the Real Madrid superstar, who became the most expensive player in history back in 2013.

"In a funny way he reminds me of Gareth. When he came on the scene at Tottenham, he used to just get the ball and glide," said Defoe. "He's such a nice boy, I don't think he's bothered about signing new contracts and stuff, all he wants to do is play football and do well for the club. If he can go on to do what Gareth has done then he'll be fantastic. He's the future of this club," he added.

A comparison to Bale may be stunning from Defoe, but even if Watmore never does reach Bale's world-class level, he looks like being a real star of the future for the Black Cays.

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