Pundit suggests Spurs teenager must change position to reach the top

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Dom Le Roy

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has suggested that Ryan Sessegnon could be the answer to Tottenham’s problems at left-back.

Spurs currently have Ben Davies out with an ankle injury while Danny Rose has struggled with form this season.

New Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has utilised Jan Vertonghen in the position after opting to go with a lopsided back four which requires the left-back to tuck inside.

After coming on as a second-half substitute against Burnley, Sessegnon was handed his first start by Mourinho against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in a left-sided midfield position in which he scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 defeat.

The 56-year-old has been clear that for the moment that he does not view the former Fulham man as a left-back (Football.London).

However, Hargreaves as claimed that if Sessegnon wants to be a top player, he will eventually have to move into the left-back role.

The 19-year-old was an unused substitute during Saturday’s win at Wolves.

Speaking to BT Sport‘s Champions League highlights show (11/12/19 from), Hargreaves said: “Tottenham fans are desperate to see him (Sessegnon), and see how he fits in.

“He’s one of the best English talents we have. I think he would prefer to play as an attacker, but if he wants to play at the top, top end, he will be a left-back.”

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It is clear that Mourinho isn’t going to use the teenager as a defender for the moment as he has reiterated a couple of times that he can’t play as a left back in the Premier League. However, I agree with Hargreaves that once Sessegnon matures, I can see him moving back into left back similar to how Danny Rose did when he was around 21 or 22.

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  1. Most people would have laughed to find that LW Danny Rose had become a LB as his defence was non existent initially. Now we know better, BUT! To have KWP and RS as fullbacks would give most of us nightmares as no matter how good they are going forward(and BOTH ARE good) Neither have the weight, strength and skills yet to be good EPL fullbacks. KWP should spend a season on loan bulking up and learning how to defend and push past players who now knock him over/ RS needs to bulk up somewhat also as he is swatted by bigger players but IMO he should be used as an impact LW or inverted RW> I cannot see how we can make him a better LB as that would require a loan as one and I think that he would feel insulted if that happened. Maybe he can spend all of his training time in learning defensive skills and free kicks as we sure as hell need the latter.


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