Former manager claims £25m Spurs man has a huge career ahead

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Dom Le Roy

Former Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has tipped Ryan Sessegnon to have a huge career ahead of him.

The left sided player made the switch from Craven Cottage to Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day for an initial £25million (Guardian) which also saw midfielder Josh Onomah head the other way (Fulham official).

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of English football’s brightest young talents and made 125 appearances for Fulham scoring 25 goals during his time at the club.

Jokanovic helped guide Fulham back to the Premier League and although he initially struggled to adapt to life in the top flight, he still went on to make 35 appearances in the division and scored two goals. 

Jokanovic who is now in charge of Qatari club Al-Gharafa, believes that Sessegnon has made the right move to a club and manager who have a track record of developing young talent.

The England Under-21 international is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty (Standard).

Jokanovic told Mirror Sport: “Ryan is really competitive, I’d highlight his focus on the game and his hard work.

“Since he started being a regular with us at the first team he always showed to be keen to listen to the manager and improve and you never had the feeling he was not ready for it.

“Over a hundred games and over 30 in Premier League by the age of 19, you get the experience required to take this step.

“I believe he can perfectly play for Spurs and has still got a huge career ahead and room for improvement.

“We were lucky to be part of his first seasons as a pro and he pays us back with his performance levels who were an important part on the way we played and our promotion at Fulham, like other players as well, and now he is joining a team where Pochettino knows how to manage the progress of young players as well.

“It will give him the platform to show in an even bigger stage what he can do.

“In that sense, Spurs is a good choice and I expect big things from him because I know he will keep his will to improve and great attitude.”

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