Ryan Sessegnon Opens Up on Plan to Emulate Gareth Bale at Tottenham

​Tottenham Hotspur winger Ryan Sessegnon has revealed that he is working closely with new manager José Mourinho to try and recapture his best form.

The 19-year-old was viewed as one of English football's brightest young prospects when he sealed his big-money move to Spurs in the summer, but he has managed just eight appearances in all competitions this year as a result of injuries and instability at the club.

Jose Mourinho,Ryan Sessegnon

However, speaking to ​Sky Sports News, Sessegnon discussed Mourinho's impact on him and the advice which the manager has given to try and get the best out of him.

"I think he wants to vary me in different positions," he said. "If I am playing at full-back or wing-back he wants me to be aggressive off the ball - that's something I have been working on in my game.

"[He wants me to] be more positive on the ball as well. I've been a bit disappointed in myself, the way I have been playing recently. It's an honest assessment from me looking back at it. I'm usually a very positive player with the ball but the last few games I haven't exploited areas which I usually would. For the upcoming games, if I am involved, I will have to do better."


His situation bears plenty of similarities to current ​Real Madrid star ​Gareth Bale. During the Welshman's early days at ​Spurs, he struggled to find his best form and was even quickly labelled as a flop, before turning things around in emphatic fashion.

Sessegnon still has a long way to go to match Bale's standards, but he confessed that he wants to emulate the Welshman's success at the club.

"I think [the comparisons are] definitely a confidence boost. [Bale] was one of the players that I looked up to when I was younger, especially when he was at ​Southampton bombing up on the wing," he confessed.

Gareth Bale

"He has attributes that I want to add to my game. In terms of attacking intent, the mentality to get in behind on the left flank and dribble with the ball, I'm trying to add a little bit of that into my game.

"If I could ever become as great as he has become it would be a massive achievement. I'm so far off at the moment. I set my standards very high, so I've got a lot of improvement to do, I'm still learning the game."

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Source : 90min