Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon praised by former manager Slavisa Jokanovic

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Speaking exclusively to The Mirror, former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic shared his opinion on Ryan Sessegnon’s move to Tottenham.

Jokanovic was in charge of the Cottagers from 2015-2018, leading them to promotion back to the Premier League, and it was the Serbian who handed Sessegnon his senior debut for the Londoners.

The current Al-Gharafa boss spoke to The Mirror about the 19-year-old’s vast experience in the game despite his young age and also revealed how he thinks the teenager will fare at Spurs.

What did he say?

Jokanovic said: “Ryan is really competitive, I’d highlight his focus on the game and his hard work.

“Over a hundred games and over 30 in Premier League by the age of 19, you get the experience required to take this step. I believe he can perfectly play for Spurs and has still got a huge career ahead and room for improvement.”

Experience is a key factor

When you see that Spurs have spent £25m on a 19-year-old, the initial feeling is that the north Londoners are paying for his potential and what he could deliver in years to come.

However, one thing that must not be glossed over is his vast experience.

As Jokanovic mentions, the teenager has already played 120 first-team games for the Cottagers, including 35 in the Premier League before the age of 20.

Not to mention the fact that he has scored 25 goals and recorded 19 assists, and has also played well in numerous positions on the left flank.

Spurs are getting an enormous amount of potential for their money, but they are also getting a player who can make an immediate impact thanks to his professional application, and his mentality to succeed at whatever he does.

Sessegnon could cover for Danny Rose. He could also play on the left of midfield. Or he could also play on the left of the attack – wherever Mauricio Pochettino decides to play the England Under-21 international, he won’t let Spurs down.

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