Are Spurs on pole for Sessegnon Signature?
It’s not exactly a new link but for the whole of the time that Fulham spent back in the Premier League, the media were quiet in terms of Ryan Sessegnon. There was, perhaps, a feeling that the player was destined to make a move to Tottenham Hotspur once the Cottagers returned to the second tier.
Spurs’ season isn’t quite over but Fulham’s came to a close some time ago and, with the EPL campaigns now officially at an end, the stories have emerged once again.
Depending on which source you happen to read, Spurs are either the frontrunners to sign Ryan Sessegnon or, they are battling it out with some of the giants of European football. Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig are also mentioned but even those suggest that Tottenham are the player’s preference.
It’s said that Spurs have assured the player that they can match his ambitions. The first point to presumably tick off would be access to Champions League football which he wouldn’t currently get at Manchester United. In addition, he’d surely be looking for guaranteed game time which then begs the question, is Ryan Sessegnon actually worth it?
Reported transfer fees start in the region of £25 million and they build from that point. Remember, this is for a player who will turn 19 on May 18, 2019 and while silly money has been thrown around for teenagers in the past, Sessegnon has yet to really set the Premier League alight.
The player is versatile and he can either perform at left back or in an attacking position on the same flank. He possesses a strong eye for goal too and in three seasons at Craven Cottage, he’s found the net 25 times in 115 games.
As you might expect, that ratio dipped when he moved up from the Championship to the Premier League but the drop in scoring ratio remains a notable one. In Fulham’s promotion campaign in 2017/18, Ryan Sessegnon registered 16 goals in 52 games across all competitions while in 2018/19, that figure dropped in two in 32.
Goals aren’t everything of course but for a player who is so attack minded, that dip could be described as ‘alarming’ in some quarters.
Who Gives Way?
It might seem logical to assume that Spurs, so shy in the transfer market in recent seasons, might be adopting a ‘one in, one out’ policy this summer. If Sessegnon comes in, the man who may be moving on would arguably be Danny Rose who has been the subject of speculation elsewhere.
Tottenham fans might prefer to see Ryan Sessegnon come in for Ben Davies but that scenario is unlikely to leave the current Fulham man as first choice. Spurs are hardly likely to make any concrete moves until the window officially opens and the Champions League final is out of the way. The club will need no distractions but that won’t stop the rumour mill as Ryan Sessegnon becomes the first man to climb on the conveyor belt.