Fulham manager Scott Parker has explained that Ryan Sessegnon was injured for the opening game of the season, The Express reports. Sessegnon was missing from Fulham’s squad as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Barnsley to kickstart their Championship campaign.
Naturally, this prompted speculation about Sessegnon’s future. The England U21 international has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur throughout the summer with reports in late July (The Telegraph) suggesting a deal was close.
When Sessegnon was missing from the Fulham line-up, many jumped to the conclusion that he was leaving. But Parker has since clarified that this was due to injury, although he is unsure whether the 19-year-old will stay or go.
Scott Parker on Ryan Sessegnon
Parker was quizzed about Sessegnon’s future at Fulham and he replied (as per The Express): “Future-wise, I’m not sure. In terms of why he’s not here with us is due to the fact he’s coming back from a hamstring injury, which he’s rehabbing.
“He’s back on the grass jogging. He’s progressing well.”
It is difficult to tell whether this deal will get over the line. It has been a widely-reported transfer saga which has dragged on throughout the summer. Tottenham fans will be disappointed if they miss out.
Spurs could be waiting to see whether Danny Rose stays or goes before making a firm decision on Sessegnon’s future. But they might not be able to afford to do this with time running out this summer.
If he stays, the teenager will provide Fulham with a major boost. Alongside Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham would have their dangerous trio from their 2017/18 promotion-winning season back.