Why Fulham were left frustrated by Sessegnon’s actions in Tottenham deal

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Fulham teen, Ryan Sessegnon, right at the end of deadline day this evening.

However, Fulham are said to have been left frustrated by the deal and Sessegnon’s actions this summer, as it made for a rather tricky situation (Telegraph).

Sessegnon only had one year left on his Fulham contract before signing for Spurs, meaning that the Championship club were forced to either sell up or risk losing him on a free.

The 19-year-old was apparently clear from the start of the window that the only club he wanted to sign for was Tottenham.

This made it difficult for Fulham to attempt to drum up some buzz around the player to increase his price tag, as Spurs had no real competition for his signature.

Sessegnon has signed with Spurs on an initial contract that runs until 2025 and he will wear Mousa Dembele’s old number 19 shirt this season.

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  1. I’m so frustrated and disappointed with our recruitment strategy. Some very good additions but the priority should have been defenders. I’m a great believer in ‘attack being the best defence’, but this is taking it to an extreme. If you have the record for conceding the most goals there’s one logical conclusion?! We’ll struggle for top half of the table.

  2. We should have gone for Tierney instead. He is a fantastic player. A big mistake letting our rival get him.

    Arsenal have done well in the transfer window sadly.

    Very frustrating transfer window as always.

  3. Totally agree with Alan’s sentiments. A frustrating window I agree, Mike-although I don’t get your resentment of Arsenal; they aren’t our rivals and never will be in my lifetime- but our way of doing business in windows has been unsuccessful for years. Solution? Change the method, and recognise the Pygmalion obvious: if you have a weak defence, bolster that instead of signing everyone else on top of the admittedly excellent signings earlier in the window. I hope the youngsters can do a job for us as the oldsters have proved themselves to be short of ability, motivation and effort.

  4. A brilliant transfer window for Spurs. Sessegnon, one of the most exciting young English prospects, bought for £25 (Manchester United paid £50 for Bissaka, another England U21 full back). Jack Clarke signed and loaned back (stirring memories of the Dele Alli deal).

    Ndombele and Lo Celso were the two best midfielders available on the world market, so it would have been impossible for us to have done any better.

    Reviewing the business done by all Premier League teams, ours was the best. Arsenal’s business also looks very good, but they spent heavily, more than any other club. As they’ve missed out on CL money for a few years now, this spending splurge looks like an anxious gamble. If they qualify for the CL this season, that’s fine. But if they don’t, then next summer it’ll be very hard to persuade top players to join them, and very hard to pay for them without endangering their financial stability. By next summer, Tottenham’s long-threatened eclipse of Arsenal may well become a settled state for the foreseeable future.

    In 2017/18 Liverpool came 4th in the PL and 2nd in the CL. In 2018/19 they came 2nd in the PL and 1st in the CL. In 2018/19 Spurs finished 4th in the PL and 2nd in the CL. Personally, I’ll be disappointed if in 2019/20 we don’t match what Liverpool did in 2018/19, and win either the Premier League or the Champions League.

  5. A fantastic summer of business. The best in the Premier League. Two exciting young English prospects, and the two best midfielders available to buy on the world market.

    Our 2018/19 season mirrored Liverpool’s 2017/18 season. Personally, I’ll be disappointed if our 2019/20 season doesn’t match Liverpool’s 2018/19 season. We will win either the Premier League or the Champions League.

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