According to the Daily Mirror, as many as seven Tottenham Hotspur players could be facing the axe in the summer…
It’s claimed that Jose Mourinho effectively outlined his demands for the upcoming transfer window following the disappointing draw to Newcastle United on Easter Sunday.
“Same coach, different players,” the Portuguese said in response to a question over his tactical ability to hold onto leads, something he has long been renowned for.
The Mirror have now put up several names who could be up for sale in the summer, ranging from forgotten midfielders Dele Alli and Harry Winks, to bit-part starters, Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez.
However, a surprise name features in Ryan Sessegnon. ‘It’s likely he’ll be collateral damage this summer to boost Mourinho’s transfer kitty,’ the article explained.
Whilst it is true that the 20-year-old gem will face a tough task of breaching Mourinho’s starting XI over mainstay duo Heung-min Son and Sergio Reguilon down that left flank, giving up on him after barely a chance would be fatal.
Just think back to Marcus Edwards, and more recently Noni Madueke. Both were given up by Spurs far too early in their career, and both have thrived abroad.
Edwards has contributed towards 24 goals in 64 appearances since joining Vitoria, whilst the PSV Eindhoven sensation is now one of Europe’s top-performing Englishman, averaging a direct goal contribution once every 160 minutes this term.
Since joining from Fulham in a £25m deal, Sessegnon has been restricted to 12 first-team appearances, including an impressive performance against Champions League winners Bayern Munich, where he scored his only goal for the club.
The England U21 international was sent out on loan to the Bundesliga for game time, very much following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe amongst others, and he’s dazzled further.
In 991 minutes of action, Sessegnon has provided two goals and two assists in the Bundesliga and is amongst Hoffenheim’s most industrious performers, managing an average of 1.5 tackles and 0.6 crosses per game, via WhoScored.
Upon arrival TSG sporting director Alexander Rosen waxed lyrical about the Spurs loanee: “Ryan Sessegnon is a highly talented and fast wide player with a strong left foot,” he said. “We were on the lookout for a high-quality addition to our squad and we’re very happy that we have found one in Ryan.”
This has merely echoed the thoughts of Sessegnon’s former teammate Stefan Johansen, who lauded the ex-Fulham starlet as a “big, big talent” after the 2016/17 campaign.
It would be far too early to give up on a player that Spurs have not only invested so much capital into but one that clearly still has bags of potential at such a young age.
The likes of Son and Reguilon aren’t likely to be around forever, and with Gareth Bale also set to return to Madrid, Sessegnon could well elevate into a first-team role – albeit as back-up – next season.
Levy cannot afford to make a fatal mistake over him this summer.
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