Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted his delight at securing a deal for Ryan Sessegnon and explained he may need time to get up to full speed.
The 19-year-old attacker completed a permanent move from Fulham, while midfielder Giovani Lo Celso also arrived on loan from Real Betis on Thursday’s deadline day.
They have joined Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke as new summer recruits, albeit the latter has returned to Leeds United on loan for the season.
Sessegnon is absent this weekend for the first Premier League game against Aston Villa with a hamstring injury and will be hoping to make his debut imminently.
But Argentinian boss Pochettino appears to have mapped out his first month in North London, where he needs time adjusting to the next level.
“Ryan is 19 years old and he could be a very good player,” Pochettino said, as quoted by Football.London.
“He doesn’t have that much experience in the Premier League, but maybe he is a little bit behind Lo Celso and Ndombele in age, they have more experience playing in a top level. Maybe he needs three or four weeks out of the group, and we will see how he adapts.
“You need to give time to adapt, and to understand, and show the trust.”
The worst thing Spurs could do is throw Sessegnon in at the deep end and watch him fail, but Pochettino is too smart a manager to do that and is an expert at developing young talent.
Sessegnon is considered by many as the next big English talent and a move to Spurs should massively help his development.
The left-winger had top-flight football with Fulham last season, but suffered relegation and couldn’t keep his team up.
He’s certainly a promising player though that can also play at left-back and Pochettino needs to work out where his long-term future will be.