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Jermain Defoe compares Duncan Watmore to Gareth Bale

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Jermain Defoe has likened his 21-year-old teammate Duncan Watmore to Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

Defoe spent nine years over two spells at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 137 goals for the north London club.

During his second stint, Defoe witnessed the rapid rise of Bale and the Englishman believes his current Sunderland teammate Watmore is similar to the Welsh wizard.

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The 33-year-old, who signed for Sunderland in January, told the BBC: "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."

Watmore is a product of the Manchester United academy but was never offered a professional contract with the Red Devils. As a result, the up-and-coming winger joined National League side Altrincham and went on to score 15 goals in his first season at the club.

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Such impressive form at the tender age of 19 encouraged Sunderland to sign the young forward in May 2013. After making his mark in their Under 21 team, he was given a chance in the first team at the start of the season and scored on his league debut - coming off the bench to score a consolation goal in the Black Cats' 3-1 loss to Norwich City.

Watmore is widely considered the most promising talent Sunderland have had for many years - an opinion shared by teammate Defoe: "If he can go on to do what Gareth has done he'll be fantastic."

If Watmore is to become even half as good as Bale, he must work hard, consistently perform and continue to improve at the Stadium of Light.

Based on the Wearside club's current form, they could need a player with the ability of Bale to save them from the drop.

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