Tottenham Hotspur completed the deadline day signing of promising star Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham for a fee of £25 million with Josh Onomah going the other way. The 19 year old has signed an initial 5 year deal with an option of another year. He will also wear the number 19 shirt for his new club.
Mauricio Pochettino was keen to highlight the fact that he has some way to go. “Ryan is 19 years old and he could be a very good player. He doesn’t have that much experience in the Premier League, but maybe he is a little bit behind Lo Celso and Ndombele in age, they have more experience playing in a top level. Maybe he needs three or four weeks out of the group, and we will see how he adapts.”
Sessegnon started his career at Fulham and was promoted to the first team by manager Slavisa Jokanovic ahead of the 2016/17 season, when he was just 15. Throughout the season, he was given considerable amount of game time for a 16 year old, where he made 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring 7 goals and assisting 5 times. He was also used in multiple positions, both as a left back and left midfielder. He also became the youngest ever goal scorer in the Championship. His performances also included him being included in the Championship Team of the Season.
It was the 2017/18 season in which he really announced himself to the world. He made 46 appearances in all competitions, scoring a remarkable 16 goals and providing 8 assists. He also showed great versatility throughout the season, playing on the entire left flank, as a left back, left midfielder and left winger. He was also awarded the Championship Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, Apperentice of the Season, named in the Team of the Season and in the EFL Club Developed XI, helping Fulham to promotion to the Premier League.
Now, for an 18 year old, playing in his first season in the Premier League, it was always going to be hard. But he certainly delivered, featuring 35 times in the league, scoring twice and assisting 6 times. Also, 2018/19 showed how useful he was as a squad player, as he played as left back, left winger, right back, left midfield, right midfield, left wing, right wing and a centre forward.
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It remains to be seen whether he will be considered first choice under Pochettino or not. Danny Rose is still in the club, and so is Ben Davies. So, it seems like he will be 2nd or maybe 3rd choice left back in the team.
But, one thing that’s a major positive about this move is that he is one of the future. He might be used in the cup games and a few Premier League games when matches are coming thick and fast but he doesn’t look like a starter just yet.
Written by Tamish Behal (@Tamish_Behal)