Alasdair Gold has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur were planning on offloading Ryan Sessegnon this summer before he picked up an injury, which is why a January exit is likely for the former Fulham man.

Injuries have prevented Sessegnon from fulfilling his potential at Tottenham, with the youngster having a number of spells on the sidelines since making the switch to the club back in 2019.

The 23-year-old might have been hoping to impress Ange Postecoglou in pre-season but his hopes were dashed when he picked up another hamstring injury at the start of July and subsequently had to undergo surgery.

Ryan Sessegnon

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The Daily Mail reported a couple of months ago that Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Fulham all had their eyes on the left-back during the summer but their pursuits of the player ended following his injury.

The publication suggested that Postecoglou was yet to make a final decision on Sessegnon’s future at the time and was hoping to do so after assessing him in pre-season, which he ultimately did not get a chance to do.

Gold has now said that Tottenham would have allowed the full-back to leave in the summer if he had not suffered the injury.

Ryan Sessegnon expected to leave Spurs in January

The journalist revealed on a Q&A on Football.London: “The club were willing to allow Sessegnon to leave in the summer, whether that was on loan or permanently, but his need for surgery scuppered that.

“Everyone is being cautious with his recovery and not rushing it because there is real hope that this operation will be the one that makes the chances of more hamstring injuries reduce enormously.

“Nobody is going to rush this process for a talented young player who has had such a nightmare with his hamstring issues.

“Whether he gets minutes when he returns is another thing with Udogie and Davies there and so few fixtures. I would imagine a January move is more likely unless he profits from others’ injuries.”

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Sessegnon is evidently not a good fit for Postecoglou’s system. The 23-year-old is simply not good enough on the ball to operate as an inverted-full back. 

However, I expect Tottenham to loan him out in January rather than sell him as the club will feel that the youngster’s market value will increase if he can impress out on loan.

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