Former Premier League boss believes transfer target should snub Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon during the current transfer window but there has been little movement on the deal so far.

However, reports over recent days have suggested that Tottenham are confident of sealing a deal for Sessegnon in the final few days of the transfer window (Daily Mail).

The 19-year-old is thought to be Tottenham’s preferred choice to replace Danny Rose, who is expected to leave the club (The Sun).

However, former QPR and Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has urged the teenager to resist the interest from Spurs and instead remain at Fulham.

The 56-year-old said that Sessegnon would learn a lot more by playing regularly under the watchful eye of current boss Scott Parker that he would while sitting on the bench at Spurs.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Holloway said: “The boy is exceptional, he really is.

“I want to see him play, I want to see him learn – I want him to stay where he is and learn from his new manager in Scott Parker.

“What Scott can’t teach him isn’t worth knowing. Tottenham will come calling again. Why does he need to move now?

“Will he get in Tottenham’s team straight away? Probably not. He should stay where he is and earn his stripes.

“There’s some similarities with Gareth Bale – and he was bought very early wasn’t he.

“He was sold from Southampton [to Tottenham] and it’s all about carrying that weight of expectation.”

Holloway also suggested that the reason Sessegnon failed to shine in the Premier League last season was down to Fulham’s failure as a team. He said the teenager would do much better at a team which dominates the ball.

He added, “If Sessegnon was sold to Liverpool last year, he wouldn’t have played all the games – but he would have been in a good enough team to have shone.

“Fulham made too many changes and weren’t ready for that step up. They also couldn’t dominate the ball in the Premier League.

“Also, he was swapped from a defensive position to an attacking position which is not easy to do in the top flight. But it’s all about timing and it’s all about learning.

“Sessegnon should still be in a nappy, but unfortunately we build these lads up and then they end up being courted and taken.”

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This looks like one of those deals that Tottenham will get over the line in the final few days of the window. While Sessegnon clearly has a lot of potential, he is very much still a raw talent. If the deal does go through, Spurs fans need to remain patient and give him the time to mature as a player.

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