Last night saw Fulham book their place in the Championship play-off final with a 2-0 win over Derby County. Denis Odoi’s unlikely header proved the crucial goal as Fulham won 2-1 on aggregate. But there is no stopping Fulham’s teen sensation Ryan Sessegnon from making headlines. He scored the equaliser in the game, helping send Fulham to Wembley.
Sessegnon’s fine season at Craven Cottage has seen him linked with a number of top clubs around Europe. One team considered to be a favourite in the race for his signature are Tottenham Hotspur. Their London proximity and ability to develop young talent has seen them tipped as his best move by many.
Sessegnon, who The Times report is valued at £50 million by Fulham, should undoubtedly be a target for Spurs.
Last night’s performance only highlighted the fact that Sessegnon could be a star in the making and Spurs would be right to make a switch become reality.
However, his performance over both legs of the play-offs also confirms another matter. If Tottenham were to sign the 17-year-old, they should send him back to Fulham on loan for next season.
Sessegnon is clearly a world-class talent in the making. But throughout the play-off fixture, it became apparent that the finished article he is not.
He struggled at times with Derby’s defensive work and, tracking back, he often found himself out of position. Obviously, he is a fantastic talent but there are still many aspects of his game that need improving.
He still needs another season at Fulham to truly blossom into the player Spurs want and, in an ideal world, Tottenham would wait until next summer to sign him. But with the likes of PSG and Manchester United loitering Spurs have to act fast.
Bringing him and sending him out on loan would not be a bad idea. Hopefully, Fulham will be in the Premier League and the teenager can learn the ropes of top-flight football whilst still at his boyhood club.
Then, next summer, Spurs would have an even more developed young talent – similar to the situation when they signed Dele Alli from MK Dons.
Sessegnon will still only be 19-years-old by the start of next season and Spurs will have acquired an even more rounded footballer in the process.
It would be the best move for all parties, especially the player himself.