The Ryan Sessegnon to Tottenham rumours are back — if they ever left at all.
The Mirror linked the Fulham phenom with a summer move to Spurs this week, but the 18-year-old would do well to ignore the north London outfit’s interest in order to further his development at Craven Cottage.
Anyone who has watched Sessegnon this year will be aware of his massive struggles in adapting to the top flight.
After tearing up the Championship, the Premier League was a different story for the left winger, as he spent many matches on the periphery, out-muscled, and failing to make any sort of impact.
To be clear, the analysis of Sessegnon’s play is far from a critique, as most 18-year-olds who make their Premier League debuts will face massive challenges. Despite his tough season, Sessegnon has conjured up moments of brilliance and has chipped in with an impressive two goals and six league assists, according to transfermarkt.
But for a player of his age, the most important aspect of his development is consistent playing time. If Sessegnon moves to Spurs this summer, his first team action will be dramatically cut, and that could severely hamper his progress.
Understandably, Fulham are wary of losing their starlet for free when his contract runs out in the summer of 2020, with the Daily Mail suggesting that the west London club will demand around £40 million for his signature this summer.
A compromise would be to sell Sessegnon this summer, and engineer a season-long loan back to Fulham, allowing the club to reap a profit while letting the young Englishman thrive in England’s second tier.