Ryan Sessegnon enjoyed an outstanding calendar year 2018, winning Championship Player of the Year, leading Fulham to promotion to the Premier League, and registering his first Premier League assist in August.
What is even more impressive is that Sessegnon played most of his football this year as a 17-year-old, only turning 18 in May, while playing with intelligence, nous and confidence well beyond his years.
Yet when the 40-player shortlist for the Golden Boy award was released this week, Sessegnon was bafflingly absent— a disgraceful decision that flatly ignores the contributions of one of Europe’s brightest young talents.
Organised by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the award is meant to recognise the best players under 21 in Europe, but the Fulham youngster missed out in puzzling circumstances.
Sessegnon lit up the Championship last season, with an uncanny knack for goal and lethal finishing that captivated the nation. And Sessegnon stepped up when it mattered most, scoring a crucial goal in the play-off semifinals and later assisting Tom Cairney for the multimillion pound strike that sent the Whites into the top flight.
There can be no doubting the English youth international enjoyed a stunning 2018, but unfortunately for Ryan Sessegnon, his achievements on the pitch were unjustly overlooked by the organisers of the prestigious Golden Boy awards.