During Fulham’s devastating 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday, the Whites witnessed something that had not occurred all season: Ryan Sessegnon was left on the bench and did not play a single minute.
The teenage sensation has practically been an ever-present for Fulham ever since breaking into the first team squad in 2016, yet Sessegnon has undergone the most trying time of his Fulham career under Claudio Ranieri.
With Sessegnon experiencing the most blatant snub of his professional life, Tottenham Hotspur must be on red alert ahead of a possible summer switch.
One of the winger’s main reasons for remaining at Craven Coattge amid reported interest from Spurs was the wealth of playing time Sessegnon would enjoy at Fulham, furthering his development as a promising young talent.
But under Ranieri, that promise of playing time has quickly fizzled out. Sessegnon was dropped against Palace, snubbed in favour of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Floyd Ayite when it was feasible the 18-year-old could have been substituted on.
When Fulham were chasing the match, down late in the second half, and in need of a spark, it was clear for all to see that Sessegnon was the right man to bring off the bench.
Yet Ranieri’s disgraceful treatment of the winger must surely open a door for Sessegnon’s summer exit to Spurs, regardless of Fulham’s final league position.