Ledley King has tipped Ryan Sessegnon’s confidence to be high ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.
Sessegnon ended last season as Antonio Conte’s first-choice left wing-back despite missing 25 games due to multiple injury troubles throughout the campaign (TransferMarkt).
The 22-year-old has now moved above Sergio Reguilon in the pecking order, with the latter being omitted from Spurs’ pre-season tour squad of South Korea and linked with a return to former club Sevilla (Football.London).
Conte clearly holds Sessegnon in high regard. Speaking to Football.London, the Italian highlighted his hopes for the player’s development.
“Sess in my vision has all the possibility to become an important player. First of all he is young and has in front of him a lot of years. He is strong physically and fast, has a good engine, and resilience.
“He has good quality. Sometimes I think he feels a bit of pressure, but with me he played important games, against Liverpool, against Chelsea, against City.
Sessegnon will compete with the vastly experienced Ivan Perisic for the starting berth on Conte’s left side. As detailed on Transfermarkt, the Croatian scored eight and assisted seven in Serie A for Inter Milan last season and there is hope that his expertise will help Sessegnon push forward (Football.London).
Spurs legend King was full of praise for the England Under-21 international during his half-time interview with SpursPlay (01:03:18) at the pre-season friendly against Team K-League on Wednesday: “I will say he has come back and is looking in tremendous shape at the moment, looking very fit. He will be full of confidence because of the way he finished the back end of the season.
“The manager has shown his faith in him and I’m sure Ryan went away in the summer and has come back now feeling very confident about hopefully playing many games this season.”
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I believe that Perisic could be vital for Sess’ development. At times last year, when he found himself in a one-versus-one situation, Sess was too safe or too predictable in his play and I feel that this is where Ivan can help him improve.
It’s exciting to see players turn up to pre-season hungry and ready to prove a point, having used their off-season to improve their conditioning.
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