Liverpool have pulled out of the race to sign Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon, and it has made Tottenham as the overwhelming favourite to sign the youngster. The 17-year-old has been rated as one of the top young talents in English football. Even though he has just turned 17, there was a lot of interest in the player since January. The £2.6m Sessegnon had an incredible 2016-17 season in the Championship, as he came up with 5 goals and 3 assists in 25 appearances – despite being a left-back. Tottenham have always favoured attacking left backs, and Sessegnon is seen as the ideal replacement for Danny Rose – should the England international move away from Tottenham in the summer.
However, there was a small matter of overcoming Liverpool in order to sign the player. Jurgen Klopp’s team have the same pulling factors as us, but the most decisive factor might have been the availability of a regular first-team spot. James Milner has been used as the left-back as Alberto Moreno is no longer in preference. Hence, Sessegnon would have become a regular first-team player at a big club like Liverpool straight away. Just when it looked like we were ending up on the losing side in the chase for Sessegnon, getWestLondon have reported that Liverpool have pulled out of the race.
This leaves Spurs with a clear path towards signing the player, who is very intent on joining one of the several Premier league clubs interested in signing him. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to beef up the squad in several areas of the pitch. A number of youngsters are expected to be part of the first-team selection next season, as Spurs do not want to go out full on in the transfer market to strengthen the squad. The likes of Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Cameron Carter-Vickers might make the switch to the first-team, if everything goes as planned.
Interestingly, Sessegnon has not signed a professional contract with Fulham yet. While Fulham remain confident that they will be able to get the player to signing a professional deal, it looks increasingly likely that he will move to Spurs rather than stay at Craven Cottage. The rise of Sessegnon has been quite incredible, as he has been able to make a major impact on the Championship even before signing a professional contract with Fulham.
What a signing he would be for us!