Ryan Sessegnon is the name that seems to be on everybody’s mind in recent weeks. Becoming the youngest player to win a PFA Player Of The Month Award since the man he is compared most to. Gareth Bale.
But how does Sessegnon in this early stage in his career shape up against Gareth Bale? The career of the youngster is comparable to the Welshman’s with both men starting out as a left back and eventually making the move further up the pitch to become wingers. Gareth Bale started his career at Southampton but it was at Spurs where he began to move further up the pitch. In this article, we will compare both how Gareth Bale performed at Ryan Sessegnon’s age and how both players have performed when they started to play further up the pitch.
Sessegnon has been in rich goalscoring form this season hitting 12 in 33 Championship games. However, when Gareth Bale was Ryan Sessegnon’s age he hit only five in 40 in the league during his time at Southampton. Comparing Bale and Sess aged 17 is tough because Bale didn’t make the move forward until his early twenties whereas Sessegnon has already begun to make that move further up the pitch.
International Youth Caps: 29
International Youth Goals: 6
International Youth Caps:12
International Youth Goals: 4
As you can see Sessegnon’s move to left wing this season has helped him eclipse Gareth Bale in terms of scoring with Sessegnon scoring at a rate of 0.28 goals per game with Bale hitting the back of the net at a rate of 0.108 goals per game. However, when it comes to assists Bale has Sess beat. Sessegnon is usually the one on the end of a cross rather than the one providing it with his attacking positioning being one of his best attributes.
When you compare the two players on the wing it is tough as you have to take into account the fact that Bale was playing in the Premier League and Champions League whereas Ryan Sessegnon is only playing in The Championship. Of course, everyone remembers Gareth Bale’s game against Inter where he showed up on the world scene making one of the Worlds best right backs look like a Sunday league player Beating Maicon again and again. Sessegnon is yet to play against top opposition so it is tough to compare him to Bale in this early stage in his career. For a better insight, the following comparison will only take into account Gareth Bale’s first few seasons playing as a winger.
Minutes Per Goal: 144
Hat Tricks: 1
Minutes Per Goal: 356
Hat Tricks: 1
The stats really are staggering. With Sessengon scoring the same number of goals in half the time. Then again Bale’s hat trick was against Inter Milan and Ryan Sessegnon’s was against Sheffield United. Sessegnon’s minutes per goal whilst playing on the wing is unbelievable, scoring every 144 minutes at any level is spectacular nevermind as a 17 year old.
The sky is the limit for Ryan Sessegnon but when you compare his numbers to Gareth Bale it really puts it into perspective what a talent Fulham may have on their hands. If Sessegnon can improve at a rate similar to Gareth Bale then there is no reason that he can’t become one of the best players in the world. Sessegnon is mature beyond his years, possessing not only amazing technical and physical attributes but the way he reads a game and gets into positions to score reminds you of a more seasoned centre-forward rather than a 17 year old Left-Back turned winger.