Ireland’s ‘Mini-Bale’ on the rise

Gareth Bale may be prised away from White Hart Lane but Spurs have a new edition ready — and he hails from Waterford.

Andre Villas-Boas has nicknamed their Irish U19 winger Kenny McEvoy ‘Mini-Bale’ due to his striking resemblance to the Welshman.

Just like Bale, Déise lad McEvoy possesses bundles of pace and an eye for goal. Evidence of why Villas-Boas rates McEvoy so highly was on view at Upton Park last month when he netted twice in the FA Youth Cup win over West Ham United. It’s no wonder the Portuguese is keen to see another player in the Bale mould being fast-tracked towards the first-team.

“The manager is always joking with me about been a Bale lookalike,” said the 18-year-old who Spurs snapped up from Waterford side Villa on a five-year contract in 2010.

“When I’m walking down the corridor and meet Gareth, the two of us sometimes stop, look at each other and break out laughing. He is a player I look up to because he’s fast and scores goals. They’re probably my main strengths too.”

Being labelled the new Bale is something out of his hands but McEvoy but has full control of his future direction.

Following that standout performance against the Hammers, he last week helped Spurs progress to the quarter-final of the European Next Gen Series by beating Paris St-Germain.

On the international front, McEvoy grabbed his first goal of the season for Paul Doolin’s Ireland U19s three weeks ago in the victory over the Czech Republic in Longford.

He said: “The Next Gen series experience is top-class as we play teams from across Europe like Barcelona.

“Spurs is a great club for a young player like myself to develop at. Learning from world-class players such as Bale can only help my career.”


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