The Chalkboard: How can Spurs bring the best out of Sessegnon?

Tottenham Hotspur continue to be linked with a move for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, per the Daily Mail.

Spurs are keen to pay £25million for the left-back, who can also play as a left-winger, though the Cottagers want closer to £40m.

On the chalkboard

Sessegnon has endured a difficult season in the Premier League, with Fulham relegated to the Championship.

The 18-year-old nevertheless made 35 appearances, scoring two goals and laying on six assists.

It remains to be seen, however, where he would fit in at Spurs.

Per Transfermarkt, Sessegnon has been deployed in six positions this season.

He has played on the left wing five times, in an advanced role, and on the right wing seven times.

The teenager has been played as a left-back six times and right-back once while playing on the left of midfield 14 times, and the right once.

It appears that his managers – Slavisa Jokanovic, Claudio Ranieri and, now, Scott Parker – have been confused about Sessegnon’s best position and have subsequently moved him around the pitch in a bid to unlock his potential.

Instead, it has limited him and has surely played a part in Fulham’s relegation.

Pochettino can’t make a similar mistake

This will prove a puzzle for Mauricio Pochettino if Sessegnon does move to Spurs.

He will have to ensure that he knows exactly where the England youth international is to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

It seems obvious but, judging by his season at Fulham, it isn’t.

He could perhaps replace Ben Davies, the left-back who is clearly second-choice behind Danny Rose; or he could provide depth on the left flank further forward, perhaps providing some competition to Son Heung-Min, the club’s Player of the Season.

One thing, however, is clear: Spurs cannot make the same mistake that Fulham have as they look to bring out the best in the teenager and receive value for their money.