Fulham shocked the Premier League this week by signing World Cup winner Andre Schurrle, and it could just open the door for the electric Ryan Sessegnon to finally make the switch to North London.
Of all the players Tottenham have been linked with this summer, Sessegnon might just be the most exciting, and Schurrle’s move could suddenly making it possible.
Schurrle swapped Dortmund for Craven Cottage on Wednesday, securing a two-year loan deal with the Premier League newcomers. Funnily enough, that’s just long enough to allow the Cottagers time to find a long-term replacement if they cash in on Sessegnon.
Spurs were linked with the wonderkid earlier in the summer, and although the links have since died down, the North Londoners’ interest in Anthony Martial shows they are hunting a young, pacey left-winger.
While Martial is a brilliant player, his confidence is shot to bits, so Pochettino and Levy should revisit their interest for Sessegnon instead. The 18 year-old is a once in a generation type of player, and the last time Spurs signed a young left back that can play on the wing it didn’t work out too badly.
The first thing that jumps out about Sessegnon is his electric pace, as he spent the entirety of last season burning past defenders down Fulham’s left flank. He has the technical skill to match it as well, averaging 1.2 successful dribbles per game.
What really separates the youngster from other exciting prospects at his age though is his football IQ, showing great awareness and composure throughout Fulham’s playoff run.
His assist in the playoff final last season against Aston Villa showed exactly how calm he is under pressure, setting up the game’s only goal courtesy of his excellent decision-making. He also grabbed a goal and assist in the semi-final against Derby County, so this is not a youngster that’s going to be frightened by the pressure at a big club.
His end product is also incredible for a player of his age, grabbing 16 goals and eight assists in the Championship last year. If you only consider the games he played on the wing the record becomes even more impressive, boasting 14 goals and six assists in those 28 games.
Sessegnon is only 18, but he already has the intelligence and versatility to play as a left back, left wing back or out and out winger, and his pace and dazzling dribbling will get fans off their seats every time he has the ball. If Levy wants to inspire fans with a big money signing, then the Fulham wonderkid is a better pick than Martial, and could just be their next Gareth Bale.
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