Tottenham want to sign Fulham’s prize starlet
Fulham may grow very tired of Tottenham by the end of this summer. Spurs dispatched the Championship club from this season’s FA Cup competition this weekend, but still want to do them more harm. Tottenham are planning a summer move for Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon.
News of Mauricio Pochettino’s interest in the 16-year-old left back is nothing new. Quite predictably, reports of the club’s interest in the starlet have started up again after Spurs got the opportunity to watch him up close. Sessegnon came on as a second half substitute at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Now the Daily Mail reports that Tottenham have moved Sessegnon near the top of their summer transfer targets. Keep in mind, Sessegnon can’t make a decision on his future before May, when he turns 17 years of age. That means this summer will likely establish him as a high priority for a number of Premier League clubs.
Spurs would do well to steal a march on their competition. Danny Rose is entrenched as the club’s first choice left back, but Ben Davies is a liability as his backup. The Welsh international could well be sold this summer if the club receive a reasonable transfer offer.
Pochettino can emphasize just how far Rose has come under his tutelage to successfully recruit Sessegnon. The reality is that at 17 years of age it’s unlikely he can hold down a starting position at any of the Premier League’s top six clubs. What he should be concerned with is finding a manager who will develop his talent and provide him some match time.
Tottenham are the perfect club to do that. Pochettino demands a ton from his fullbacks, and would prefer to rotate them regularly. The only reason Danny Rose doesn’t get more rest now is the absence of a top-notch backup. Sessegnon could provide Pochettino with a legitimate option against most opponents.
At the very least, Sessegnon would be an obvious selection during Cup competitions. That’s better competition than he currently sees at Fulham. More importantly, he’d get the opportunity to practice every day with Tottenham’s talented squad.
Purchasing Ryan Sessegnon this summer won’t be cheap or easy. It’s still worth the money and effort for Tottenham. The English starlet would be the perfect speculative purchase to reinforce Spurs’ biggest potential weakness on the pitch.