Spurs youngster labelled 'Bale Mark II' joins Peterborough on loan

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Kenny McEvoy has already been innocently teased on Twitter by his new teammates on account of his similarities to Gareth Bale.

It's one thing if a player is the son of a famous footballer, having to put up with comparisons with someone long established and often highly thought of, long before they get the chance to actually establish their own career. They're already getting judged and compared while trying to breakthrough in a notoriously difficult game.

Spare a thought then for Tottenham's young Irish winger Kenny McEvoy. He has no ties to any of the greats of the game, but he does play for a club who until last summer had one of the Premier League's best players on their books. Oh, and he happened to look like him.

That's it - but it didn't stop Spurs and football fans in general turning him into an internet sensation, purely on account of the fact he looks like Welsh star Gareth Bale.

It probably wasn't all bad news for the 19-year-old though, as it turns out he is a pretty nifty player himself.

McEvoy is already an Irish youth international, and has featured in some first team squads for the senior side at White Hart Lane. However, the next stage in his development will be a loan spell at Peterborough United this season, a tried and tested method employed by Spurs to give their promising youngsters game time.

Posh defender Gabriel Zakuani has shown himself particularly quick off the mark, teasing the youngster because of his 'lookalike skills' - but McEvoy must be used to it by now, taking it in his stride and retweeting the Congolese defender's comment.

"This is an opportunity for me to come and try and break into the first team and get some experience under my belt," the Irishman went on to tell the Posh website.

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"It is my first loan spell so I just have to try and impress in training."

Making his professional debut away from White Hart Lane will probably be a good thing, and it will be interesting to see what McEvoy is made of in League One. He will be happier to follow the example of Alex Pritchard than rely on any passing similarity to Bale, with the young English player enjoying a superb spell at Swindon last year.

How good can Kenny McEvoy become?

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