It is fair to say that Ryan Sessegnon has had a quick rise to fame over the last few years.
From breaking into Fulham’s first team, impressing in his first season in the Premier League, to getting a move to Spurs and featuring in the Champions League – things have perhaps happened far faster than the 19-year-old may have anticipated.
While the pacey youngster didn’t make as much of an impact in his first couple of months at Tottenham due to injury problems, he has seen more opportunities come his way in recent weeks.
The former Fulham man has admitted that it has been a dream come true to feature in the Champions League for the Lilywhites.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “It’s been a little bit of a step up for me this season. Playing for a bigger team with better players, at a big stadium and in front of 60,000-plus fans – it’s definitely been a level up, especially with my first taste of Champions League action coming this season as well.
“I’ve played two games in the competition so far, a substitute appearance and then a full game, so to come through in both of those games was good for me, for my confidence as well.
“Those moments probably felt even more special than things like winning the Championship Player of the Year and the Play-Off Final success with Fulham because they are in my past now. Of course, I’m still proud of those moments but this is now another level where I have to step up again.
“Even after the difficult start and the difficult periods I’ve had here so far, you then remember those moments like in the Champions League and how important they were for me – I will never forget them. But again, it’s about creating opportunities for myself to improve, that’s the aim.”
The England U-21 international also insisted that he was willing to stay patient and put in the work necessary to eventually let his quality shine on the pitch for Tottenham.
Sessegnon added: “Moving into this year, if I’ve played well and the team’s winning, that will definitely help my confidence, and then we’ll start to see that attacking play that I’ve shown previously.
“I think it’s just a trusting process. People like to see these changes happen quickly but, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sometimes it takes time. That’s why I have to keep positive, stay patient and always look to improve.”
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Sessegnon’s talent is quite raw and he still has a lot to learn, particularly if he is going to evolve into a left-back, which I see as being his best position in the future. However, it is clear that he has the right attitude and is willing to work hard.
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