Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed that Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff have been working closely with Ryan Sessegnon on the training ground, with the view to having him ready for action next season.
Sessegnon did get a few appearances under his belt prior to the lockdown and it looked as if the youngster would get a chance to establish himself in the team.
However, the 20-year-old did not feature at all after the restart with Mourinho continuing to show faith in Ben Davies.
Reports have indicated that the former Fulham man has become frustrated at the lack of opportunities at Spurs (Evening Standard), with Barcelona said to be prepared to give him an exit route (Sky Sports).
Gold has now insisted that Sessegnon remains part of Mourinho’s plans for next season, despite the lack of game time recently.
When asked if the wide man should be used as a winger or a full-back and if he should be loaned out, Gold said: “Personally I feel he should be playing as a winger until they feel he’s developed enough to play at left-back.
“I’d also question why you’d loan out a £30m summer signing 12 months later. It seems very un-Spurs like.
“Mourinho told me a couple of weeks back that he and his coaches have been working with the player.
“Hopefully that’s with next season in mind. They need a natural back-up to Ben Davies.”
The journalist also revealed that Mourinho is a fan of Dennis Cirkin and that the Spurs academy graduate might benefit next season should the Lilywhites decided to loan Sessegnon out.
When asked about Cirkin, Gold responded: “Mourinho really likes him but he’s a raw young defender who hasn’t even played development squad football for the U23s.
“The pre-season friendlies will give us a good indication as to where Mourinho’s head is at. If Sessegnon is to be loaned out then that’s Cirkin’s chance.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I cannot see Sessegnon getting much game time as a winger next season, even with us being involved in four competitions. Son, Lucas and Bergwijn seem to be competing for the two wide births, while reports indicate that the club could potentially be in the market for another winger this summer. I believe Sessegnon has a much better chance of breaking into the team as a left-back. Besides, I am confident that we will be seeing him evolve into a wing-back rather than a left-sided midfielder or a wide-forward in the future. Loaning him out to a Premier League side next season could be extremely beneficial for his development.
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