They say that greed can be an unpleasant virtue and maybe that is true in most cases. To an outsider, it might seem unnecessary for Tottenham to harbour an interest in Fulham wonder kid Ryan Sessegnon since we already have Ben Davies and Danny Rose to fill the role of a left-back. However, when a 17-year-old puts in such world-class performances, how can anybody resist?
We have been linked with a move for him for quite some time now. Earlier, there were reports that Mauricio Pochettino was considering him as a backup option in case Danny Rose departed to join Manchester United. The player is injured at present though, and those rumours have started to die down a little.
To be fair, both Rose and Davies have been exceptional for us. At a time when most of our rivals have struggled to find capable players for the left-back area, we have been blessed with two of the Premier League’s best. In fact, recently when Rose returned from his injury, it was quite interesting for a few weeks as Pochettino effectively rotated the duo to maximise their output on the field.
That said, Rose has been suffering from a couple of fitness troubles lately, thus opening up room for another left-back. Given the way Sessegnon performed in Fulham’s recent game against Burton Albion, we would be crazy to not seriously consider a move for him. He netted twice in that game, taking his tally to 9 goals for the season. That is an astounding number for a left-back since even a few attacking midfielders in the Premier League have failed to get close to scoring that many goals.
However, one must bear in mind that his prolific displays could provide scope for the Championship outfit to increase his price tag. As of now, they are understood to be holding out for £50m, which is a whopping price for a defender, let alone a 17-year-old. And if Sessegnon continues to work his magic like this, Fulham might up their demands to fend off the interest from the Premier League.
Even at present, it seems highly unlikely that Daniel Levy will shell out such an exorbitant amount for a teenage defender – even if he seems like such an excellent prospect.
What are your thoughts though? Is Sessegnon worthy of a £50m price tag?