20-year-old admits he wants to ‘make himself a figure in the team’ next season

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Ryan Sessegnon has admitted that he is hoping to become a first-team regular at Tottenham Hotspur next season.

Send Sessegnon out on loan to Hoffenheim for the season has proven to be a fruitful decision for Tottenham, with the youngster getting regular game time in the Bundesliga, primarily as a left-wing-back.

The 20-year-old admitted that he has improved the defensive side of his game this season and stated that he would welcome another loan spell next season should he not be in a position to break into the Spurs side.

He told The Sun: “Of course, my aim is to go back to Spurs and try and break into that team and play, make myself a figure in the team.

“But if that isn’t possible next season or in the future then I want to come back to a league or a club to regain that experience.

“If Tottenham want to play in a four of a five, I see myself in a five as a left wing back or in a four I want to fight for that left back spot as well. That’s always the aim, never changed.

“My defensive side of the game in terms of one-on-ones and being aggressive on the front foot have improved since being out here.”

Sessegnon had a difficult first season in North London after arriving from Fulham in the summer of 2019.

The youngster suffered a hamstring injury early in the season and opportunities proved hard to come by in what turned out to be a transitional season for the club.

Speaking about his challenges last season, Sessegnon said: “From my time when I signed to the time of the international break where I came back, Poch was gone.

“I was doing rehab and I was still trying to get to know him and building that type of relationship and then I came back fit to hear he got sacked. I was like ‘wow’.

“As a new player in an environment where a new manager in Jose’s stature was to come in, obviously I was shocked and then excited.

“When I came back I was doing everything to impress in a positive manner. There was a difficult first few months where I wasn’t being selected at the start but I kept working and kept going and I was trying to stay patient and wait for my time.”

The England Under-21 international revealed that he has built a great rapport with Jose Mourinho and that he is regularly in contact with the Tottenham boss.

He added: “He has been in contact since I have been here. When I scored my first goal he congratulated me and every other day he drops me a message to see how I am doing.

“The main message was for me to go and play games and that’s what he told me. He saw it as a good opportunity for me to bring that experience back.

“It was his birthday the other day so I sent him a little message. He replied.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I do not think Sessegnon is likely to get enough game time under his belt at Spurs next season if both Ben Davies and Sergio Reguilon stay. I believe that another year out on loan, preferably in the Premier League, would be ideal for the 20-year-old’s development.

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