According to reports from The Daily Mail, Tottenham have identified Ryan Sessegnon as a key target for the summer transfer window, which is no surprise considering the Fulham prodigy is playing Premier League football at just 18 years of age.
But it’s not been the best season for the teenager. Amid the Cottagers’ relegation plight, he’s only managed two goals and six assists in the Premier League. So, what does Sessegnon need to improve upon to become a success in north London and ascend to superstar status in a Tottenham shirt? Our writers give their verdicts below…
“He needs to nail down a position – is he a left-back, a left wing-back or a left winger? The youngster has played in all three roles for Fulham this season and it is still unclear which is his best. His stats in the Championship last term certainly suggest that he is made for a role further forward rather than solely being a defender, and he has hardly altered that opinion during the current campaign. Sessegnon needs to nail down the left wing role in the coming weeks, to prove he will add something Spurs don’t already have ahead of Danny Rose or Ben Davies next term.”
“Regardless of which position he ends up in, Sessegnon needs to improve defensively. Perhaps unsurprisingly at just 18 years of age, he has struggled with the physicality of the league this season. Technically he’s already superb but until he improves his defensive positioning and awareness and gets used to some rough and tumble, he will not be an upgrade for the north Londoners.”
“Sessegnon is a raw talent and Pochettino would inherit a huge project if Tottenham secure a deal this summer. He has to improve just about everything in his armoury to realise his potential, but it’s his positioning work which needs particular attention, as well as his all-round awareness. Not only will this enhance his credentials to play at both left-back and left-wing, it will prevent him from being needlessly caught in possession.”
“Footballers come in all shapes and sizes but if Sessegnon is to follow the same trajectory as Gareth Bale, the player he’s been most commonly compared to, then improving his strength and power is a must. The Welsh international only really became a superstar when he filled out his lanky frame and while Sessegnon doesn’t have the same natural height, he needs more strength to stop himself being muscled out in the Premier League and more power to make those quick runs all the more explosive. Even Eden Hazard boasts deceptive strength for a player of his size – Sessegnon seems to lack that at the moment.”