Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo believes Ryan Sessegnon is undergoing a difficult period at the moment.
These comments came immediately after Spurs’ win against Pacos de Ferreira at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which secured Nuno’s side a place in the Europa Conference League group stage.
Spurs won the tie 3-0 on the night, meaning they overturned the 1-0 deficit faced in Portugal last Thursday, after a relatively flat performance.
Sessegnon started both fixtures respectively, despite not playing a part in pre-season due to injury, and displayed some moments of confidence.
At times, the 21-year-old linked up well on the left flank with summer signing Bryan Gil, and he almost got onto the end of a deft Harry Kane cross to put Spurs 2-0 up.
However, it wasn’t enough for the £25m signing from Fulham to complete the full game, and was ultimately replaced just after the hour mark on Thursday.
Despite what was a promising performance in parts, manager Nuno was honest in his assessment of the England U21, claiming he is currently going through a tough spell in N17.
“I will start with Sessegnon,” the Spurs coach told football.london after the game. “I think he is struggling, he is struggling. A lot of time out of competition. He has talent. He is a player that can give us good things, one vs ones, crossing, he has energy but he did not do all that he has today. I truly believe that he has much more that he can give.”
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It is true that Sessegnon has struggled to nail down any sort of position during a relatively stop-start Spurs career. There is a lot of competition in the side right now, so he currently has his work cut out. Hopefully, though, he can use his successful loan spell at Hoffenheim as extra motivation to make a push into Nuno’s lineup.
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