On Sunday night, 17-year-old Fulham phenom Ryan Sessegnon was treated to one of the best experiences of his career at the EFL Awards night.
The young winger collected the Championship Player of the Year Award, beating out top-quality competition from Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Fulham teammate Tom Cairney. It was an incredible feat for a teenager; but Sessegnon was far from done.
Along with the Player of the Year, the Under-23 England international won the EFL Young Player of the Year, the Championship Apprentice of the Year Award, and was named in the EFL Club Developed XI and the EFL Team of the Season.
The awards come on the heels of a tremendous second full season for Sessegnon in the Fulham first team. After breaking on to the scene as a 16-year-old left back in August 2016, the Englishman has taken the league by storm.
He has started all but one of Fulham’s 42 league matches this season, and even after playing the first half of the season as a defender, he has bagged a stunning 14 goals. He has also chipped in with six assists; all marvellous statistics for a youngster in such a physically demanding league.
Fulham’s official Twitter posted the image of night, featuring a gleaming Sessegnon struggling to hold his ridiculous trophy haul.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) April 15, 2018
And the statistics backed up his Championship Player of the Year accolade, although Wolves supporters were furious Neves did not take home the award.
“But Ruben Neves scores good goals !?!?!” ?
— Fulhamish (@FulhamishPod) April 15, 2018
Sessegnon wins young player AND player of the year wtf man Neves robbed basically. London bias is real. Could Sessegnon score that goal v Derby? Next. #wwfc
— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) April 15, 2018
Appallingly poor decision there. Shame on you EFL. If Ruben Neves was called Ruben Smith he’d probably win it no problem ?
— The Wolf (@OfficialTheWolf) April 15, 2018
Sessegnon’s Fulham teammates, including his twin brother Steven, were quick to congratulate the 17-year-old on his memorable night of awards.
Congrats partner!! Well deserved pal ??? https://t.co/VUTSyMo29h
— Matt Targett (@Mattytargett) April 15, 2018
What a night for our boy! Well deserved Sess the future is soooooo bright bro! Keep doing your thing no matter what!!! @RyanSessegnon ????
— Lucas Piazon (@LucasPiazon) April 15, 2018
— Steven Sessegnon (@_StevenSess) April 15, 2018
And Fulham supporters were keen to revel in their star winger’s success, even drawing comparisons to a certain Barcelona star.
— Harry (@Barnettski) April 15, 2018
Ryan Sessegnon, only 17.
Not too bad considering he still can't buy a pint legally, and played more games at LB than he has in an attacking role.
— Ad (@ABronsSmith) April 15, 2018
— Fulham Focus (@Fulham_Focus) April 15, 2018
And supporters were keen to recognise Sessegnon’s remarkable success would never have happened if he had departed Craven Cottage earlier this season.
Probably worth pointing out the season Ryan Sessegnon has had would never, *ever* have happened had he gone to a top Prem club last year. Benefits of waiting…
— Dimitri Kondonis (@dkondonis) April 16, 2018
What a future Ryan Sessegnon has ahead of him.