‘Fresh start’ – Ryan Sessegnon opens up on time in Germany and return to Spurs

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Ryan Sessegnon
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The 2019/20 season was a campaign to forget for Ryan Sessegnon after he made a summer switch from Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur.

Thanks to injuries and a lack of chances, the left-sided youngster was limited to just six Premier League appearances and 12 games across all competitions (TransferMarkt).

With opportunities few and far between under Jose Mourinho, especially with Sergio Reguilon coming into the club last summer, Sessegnon was sent out on loan to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

It has been a far more productive campaign for the young Englishman, racking up 26 appearances and recording two goals and two assists this season (TransferMarkt).

Sessegnon has also shown his versatility, playing numerous games at both left-back and left-midfield, as well as one on the right side (TransferMarkt).

The Spurs player has now claimed that he sees next season as a fresh start for him in North London as he is yet to really get going for his new club.

He said (TalkSPORT): “In some ways, I haven’t even really got going at Spurs. It’s been stop-start since I’ve been there.

“I got there [to Spurs] and [Mauricio] Pochettino was there. I just came back from injury and then he got sacked and Mourinho came in and then I got sent on loan.

“It’s been hectic and stop and start. Like you say, it’s a fresh start for me to go back and show what I can do.”

Sessegnon also opened up on his time in Germany: “It’s been very good. Challenging, but in a positive way. I’m improving every day.

“I just had to have a conversation with myself, to be honest with you, and really find a team that was best suited to me and of course, with the young coach here, who is very good with young players, it was one of the main reasons I came here.

“The way we play here with the five and the four, we can change it up and I think it suits the way I play as well.

“It’s a possession-based team as well, which is obviously good and the right way in playing football in my opinion. It was little factors added together which helped make my decision and it was a fairly easy one.

“Everyone knows I played with Howie [Havard Nordtveit] at Fulham and he was one of the ones who welcomed me very well when I came here.

“When there was talk of me going on loan, there was a few players I spoke to. I spoke to Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, who knew my situation about going on loan.

“They encouraged me as well to try abroad and see what that was like. If it was a club that you can go and get minutes, why would you not go? That was a boost for me as well.

“Mourinho was messaging me when I first got out here and asking me: ‘How was it going?’ and praising me for the first few games I played when I was here.

“Player wise, I keep in touch with Eric Dier a lot, Dele Alli & Steven Bergwijn. Throughout the season, we’ve been keeping in touch.”

Sessegnon also had plenty of nice words to say about Mourinho: “He was a very good manager. Very tactical. A very serious coach, but at the same time, you could have a laugh and a joke as well at the right time.

“Obviously, [he’s] a serial winner, of course. I didn’t get too many opportunities to play under him but from what I saw from what I was doing in training, he’s very intelligent in what he wants to do and setting up his teams.”

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