Following an extremely disappointing FA Cup defeat last week, Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side returned to winning ways in rather emphatic fashion on Monday night, defeating Frank Lampard’s relegation-threatened Everton outfit 5-0.
However, while there were undoubtedly a number of excellent performances on display from those in white at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, there were nevertheless a couple of players who will be slightly disappointed with their display against the Toffees – one of whom will have been Ryan Sessegnon.
However, while the £13.5m-rated dynamo did contribute greatly to Tottenham’s opening goal, firing in a dangerous near-post cross that saw Michael Keane turn the ball past Jordan Pickford between the Everton sticks, the England U21 international was also sloppy on occasion at the back.
Indeed, over the course of his 45 minutes on the pitch, the £53k-per-week defender enjoyed just 32 touches of the ball – the lowest of any of Spurs’ starting outfielders – completed 14 of his 18 attempted passes, completed just one of his three attempted dribbles and committed one foul.
The youngster also won just two of his seven duels – a failure rate of 71% – did not make a single tackle or interception, was dribbled past by an opponent twice and ceded possession of the ball on ten separate occasions.
These returns saw the player who Paul Robinson claimed has “not taken his chance” to prove his worth to Conte earn a disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.6, before the former Fulham sensation was withdrawn at half-time after sustaining what looked to be yet another injury.
As such, while Sessegnon is undoubtedly a player who still boasts a considerable amount of potential for the future, with Tottenham’s £32m signing Sergio Reguilon waiting in the wings, the 21-year-old will have done little to convince Conte on Monday night that he should retain his starting spot at left wing-back going forwards.