Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, still only 18 years of age, is about to undergo his first season as a Premier League footballer after helping guide the Cottagers to a promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season.
There, the Englishman started the season playing at left-back before transitioning into a left-wing role in the second-half of the season, scoring 14 times in the last 29 games of the season.
Since his move further up the field, Sessegnon has developed into an efficient wide-poacher.
Repeatedly last season, he was able to work into the right spaces to both score and assist despite not being a consistent presence throughout games, being more of an impact player with minimal touches than an all-round offensive threat.
It does not mean that defenders can afford to give him less attention.
Sessegnon is so quick in transition and such an excellent decision-maker in counter-attacking situations, it prevents opposition full-backs from committing to overloading his flank offensively.
Furthermore, with his experience in a more defensive role, the 18-year-old can track back effectively which may prove important as Fulham are potentially forced into a slightly more defensive structure this season.
He is a tactically clever player, too.
He is routinely switching wings, knows how to work with the full-back behind him to ensure defensive solidity and simply knows where to position himself to be impactful.
“He’s a terrific talent. His shot conversion ratio is astonishing, he usually only needs one chance. He is a really unique talent. He is one of the best 17-year-olds we have seen at this level for a long, long time.”
Importantly, the Fulham winger is set for a season as an undisputed Premier League starter.
After proving himself at Championship level last season, Fulham’s promotion grants him the opportunity to enjoy a natural progression to a higher level of football.
It could potentially prove to be a season in which he is able to showcase his talents to England and Europe’s elite clubs.