In Focus: Pochettino could hold the key to Tottenham winning Sessegnon race

According to reports in The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur see Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon as the perfect replacement for Danny Rose if he leaves the club.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Telegraph says that Rose is expected to leave the north London outfit after criticising the club’s wage structure in the summer as well as falling behind Ben Davies in the pecking order for the left wing-back role.

The 27-year-old missed out on the squad for the draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after admitting he was “fuming” to have missed out on a place in the XI for the north London derby the previous weekend, and an exit is looking more and more likely.

The report adds that while Luke Shaw could be offered to them if Manchester United move for Rose, Fulham’s Sessegnon would be seen as the perfect replacement for the England international.

How well has Sessegnon done this season?

He has been brilliant.

Despite only celebrating his 17th birthday in June and signed his first professional contract with Fulham at the same time, the teenager has already 51 first-team appearances for the Championship outfit.

He shot to prominence last week when he scored a hat-trick – the first player of his age to do so since Dele Alli for MK Dons – in the 5-4 win against Sheffield United, and he has 11 goals and six assists in his career with the west London outfit.

The versatile Sessegnon is able to play at left-back or in a more advanced role, which may make him the perfect addition for Spurs who currently use wing-backs under Mauricio Pochettino.

Can Spurs get him?

They certainly can.

Fulham will certainly struggle to hold on to him if they fail to achieve promotion to the Premier League this season, but The Telegraph says that Tottenham would face competition from Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the teenager, who has no buy-out clause in his contract.

There may well be a big battle for his services next summer and a potential bidding war, but Pochettino will hope that his record with giving youngsters like Alli and Harry Winks plenty of opportunities and helping to develop their games will mean that Sessegnon will want to join the north London outfit.

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