Ryan Sessegnon has revealed that he is over the moon to reunite with Djed Spence after coming up through the ranks of the Fulham academy alongside Tottenham’s newest signing.
Spence became Spurs’ sixth signing of the summer transfer window, with the North London club reportedly paying an initial £12.5m for the right-back, which could rise to around £20m including add-ons (Sky Sports).
The 21-year-old won many admirers with his marauding displays at right wing-back during his loan spell at Nottingham Forest last season, playing a key role in helping Steve Cooper’s side win promotion to the top flight.
Spence lined up on the opposite flank to Sessegnon during the pair’s school days as both players were in the same age group in Fulham’s academy system.
They were both a part of the Cottagers’ Under-16s setup but their careers have gone on different trajectories since, with Sessegnon being promoted to the Fulham first-team before making the switch to Tottenham in 2019.
Spence admitted in his first interview with Spurs TV that he spoke to his former Fulham teammate about Tottenham before making the summer switch.
Sessegnon has now described linking up with the former Middlesbrough man at Spurs after all these years as a ‘crazy feeling’.
The 22-year-old told Tottenham’s official website: “Getting the chance to play again with someone who I grew up with in academy football.
“It’s obviously exciting and what he’s gone on to achieve since those days at Fulham is fantastic, so it’s good that he’s a Spurs player now and a teammate again.
“It’s a crazy feeling because at 16, we were playing together. I remember it was from the Under-12s to the Under-16s and then our careers went on different paths, so to meet up again now where we’re soon to both be 22 is great.
“He’s a very attacking full-back or wing-back. He likes to get down the right, get some crosses in, he’s an aggressive and forward-thinking player, so it’s brilliant that he’s here now.”
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If Spence and Sessegnon progress as hoped, they could be our starting full-backs for the next decade to come. Both players might have to be patient this season as they will have plenty of competition for a place in the starting eleven, and one would hope that it would bring the best out of the pair.
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