Spurs leading race for Sessegnon signing ahead of European rivals

Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, per the London Evening Standard.

What’s the word?

Sessegnon has endured a difficult season at the Cottagers, with the club already relegated to the Championship.

He has played 36 times in all competitions, scoring two goals and laying on six assists.

The Standard, however, report that PSG, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund all hold an interest in securing the teenager’s signature, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season.

Spurs, though, are said to lead the queue, with Sessegnon keen to remain in England and link up with Mauricio Pochettino.

The teenager’s contractual situation could drive the price of a transfer down, with the Standard reporting that a deal could cost as little as £20million.

Pochettino a victim of his own success

Pochettino doesn’t need young players.

Spurs are on the verge of making a breakthrough into the rarefied air of genuinely elite European football, having reached the Champions League semi-finals, while they sit just two points away from confirming another top-four finish.

They need the finished article, then, players who are ready to come in and instantly transform the starting XI.

Sessegnon, as it stands, cannot offer that.

But he is said to be keen to move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and that only confirms that Pochettino has perhaps been a victim of his own success.

He has repeatedly turned youngsters into stars; the likes of Dele Alli, Luke Shaw, Harry Winks and Harry Kane have all emerged as terrific players while playing under the Argentine.

Sessegnon, though, is a player who should be avoided. Quite simply, experience is needed, not potential.