‘It’s a big, big year for him’ – Pundit singles out Spurs teenager ahead of next season

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Dom Le Roy

Ryan Sessegnon is yet to have the impact that he would have hoped for during his first season at Spurs.

The teenager may not have expected to break into the Spurs team straight away following his move from Fulham last summer but it is fair to say that he would have expected to have played more minutes than he has.

A hamstring injury disrupted the 19-year-old’s start to the season but had worked his way back to fitness and was starting to feature more regularly for Jose Mourinho just before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With Danny Rose expected to leave Spurs in the summer (Football.London), reports indicate that Jose Mourinho is happy to promote academy graduate Dennis Cirkin to the first-team next campaign.

That would mean that Sessegnon would likely have to compete with Ben Davies and Cirkin for the left-back spot next season, although Mourinho has played the former Fulham man further forward on occasions.

Former Hull City defender Alex Bruce feels next season is a huge one for the England Under-21 international.

Speaking to Football Insider, Bruce said: “They’re two very, very good players (Davies and Sessegnon). I think Sessegnon, it’s a big season for him.

“Ben Davies is a proven Premier League left-back and I think Sessegnon had huge potential when he was at Fulham so it’s going to be a big year for him to go and make that left-back spot his own if Danny Rose moves on, which it looks like it will do.

“It’s a big, big year for him.”

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During his time at Spurs so far, Jose Mourinho has opted to play a back four which switches to a back three in possession. So the left-back in effect has had to play as a left-sided centre back while Aurier has been given the freedom to play as a wing-back.

If he continues playing the same system, one can expect Davies to play regularly given that the Welshman is a much better fit for the role than Sessegnon. Conversely, if he plays a more defensive option at right-back like Tanganga, he could start Sessegnon on the left-hand side and offer him the freedom to overlap.

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