What Ryan Sessegnon brings to Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham celebrates during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Burnley FC at Craven Cottage on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Out of the Top 6 sides, Tottenham have had the best summer window. Breaking their club record transfer fee to sign Tanguy Ndombele alone was a statement of intent and ambition. Attempted moves for Dybala and Coutinho further emphasised this. However, it’s only getting better for Spurs fans with moves for Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso set to be completed.

Reliable source David Ornstein of the BBC has reported deals for both highly players are likely to be complete tomorrow. But the focus of this article will be Fulham’s talented youth academy product. Here’s what he will bring to the white of North London:

Premier League fans were ecstatic to see the defender in the 2018/19 season after the Cottagers’ promotion. He had a stunning season in the Championship with ridiculous offensive output and defensive quality at just 18 years of age.

Sessegnon’s 2017/18 stats:

Appearances: 48

Goals: 16

Assists: 8

Championship Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, Apprentice of the Year, the list of accolades went on for Sessegnon. However, people were premature to expect an 18 year old to light up the Premier League in his debut season with a relegation threatening side.

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Yet the Englishman performed well considering the circumstances. 2 goals and 6 assists in 2018/19 was impressive for a young player constantly alternating between being a winger and a left back. Fulham were relegated, primarily due to their shambolic defending and inability to kill off games. But Sessegnon wasn’t to blame in their return to the second tier.

Style of Play

At 5ft 10, Sessengon is a flair player with blistering pace and impressive ball control. Able to play both as a winger or a defender, he is not afraid to take on his man and dribble with ball, completing 1.2 dribbles per game in 2017/18.

What excites people about Sessegnon the most is his technical ability and offensive qualities. 1.3 shots and 1.2 key passes per game in 2017/18 speaks for itself, the England U21 international demonstrates confidence to go forward, either playing in teammates or taking on the keeper himself. These stats were down to 0.8 and 0.9 respectively in 2018/19, but that’s only natural with a step up to the top flight

One criticism of Sessegnon is perhaps his defensive output. Often going forward effectively, too much aggression has the potential to leave the defence exposed, especially in the harsh lights of the Premier League. Tackling numbers were down from 1.6 to 0.6 between 2017/18 and 2018/19, so there is plenty of room for improvement.

However regardless, this would be shrewd signing by Spurs and Pochettino. Still young with time to develop under one of the world’s best managers, the sky is the limit for the 19 year old.

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