Opinion: Can Ryan Sessegnon improve Tottenham Hotspur?

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

One year, three months and 26 days from writing this – was the last time Tottenham completed a transfer for PSG star Lucas Moura. Two windows without signing any players; but could the summer of 2019 be the start of Tottenham’s intent to become one of Europe’s elite.

Spurs encountered an up and down season in the Premier League this year with 13 losses but still found themselves in the top four and, more importantly, will be celebrating a European cup final on June 1st against fellow league rivals, Liverpool.

But, in the three-week wait until the final in Madrid, the transfer business may have already started for Daniel Levy, in his quest to convince Mauricio Pochettino to stay in North London.

One name that has already been mentioned in the media since the window opened on Thursday 16th May is Fulham youngster, Ryan Sessegnon (The Sun).

The 19-year-old has caught the eye of many elite clubs around Europe with The Sun stating that PSG, Manchester United, and Juventus are all keen on the English youngster.

However, Sessegnon reportedly wants to join the North London club in order to work with Mauricio Pochettino after his track record of promoting players to England internationals (Daily Mail).

So will Ryan Sessegnon improve Tottenham’s current squad?

The Fulham star caught the eye of many football fans in the 2017/18 championship season. At the tender age of 18, Ryan Sessegnon had the promotion hopes for the South London side on his shoulders and was a crucial part in getting Fulham back into Premier League.

The converted left-back played as a winger for large parts of the 17/18 season, scoring 16 goals and assisting 8 in 46 appearances.

His goalscoring threat became apparent when Jokanovic moved the youngster into a left-wing position in the second part of the season, which was followed by Fulham going 23 games unbeaten from the end of December to secure a play-off place.

Despite not hitting the heights in the Premier League, the England under-21 was still Fulham’s main attacking threat. Competing with the likes of Mbappe, Sancho, and Alli as an under-21 player in Europe, he still created the 11th most chances (11) across the top five European leagues with only Alexander-Arnold creating more (12) in the Premier League.

Another positive note from this, his first campaign in the Premier League, was that Sessegnon was the assist king for Fulham, creating 6 goals. He sat 3rd in the under-21 rankings for the most assists, more than Kylian Mbappe (4) in a free-scoring PSG side. The 19-year-old’s goal scoring threat might have taken a tumble in the Premier League but he still had attacking presence in a very poor Fulham side.

Jokanovic’s early dismal meant Sessegnon was in and out of the starting eleven each week, failing to make an impact on games due to inconsistency.

Defensively, Ryan Sessegnon did not look too confident in the left-back position, with new signing Joe Bryan being the chosen starter.

Tottenham’s full-backs have caused a few problems within their own defence this season, but Sessegnon might not be the answer from a defensive perspective at the moment.

Ryan Sessegnon can cover most of the left-hand side of the pitch after playing full-back to left-wing throughout the Premier League season.

At the age of just 19, the Fulham youngster has time to grow but will not provide any major impact on the starting eleven for next season. However, he will provide vital back-up for a range of different positions which could be valuable for Spurs.

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