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One to watch: Fulham’s 18-year-old winger Ryan Sessegnon

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One to watch: Fulham’s 18-year-old winger Ryan Sessegnon

Introducing The Boot Room’s 2018/19 One to Watch series…

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.

Playing Style

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.

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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.”

Former Derby manager Gary Rowett, after the Rams were beaten in the play-offs by Fulham.

Season Ahead

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.

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