Tottenham’s bid for Ryan Sessegnon shows Spurs have learned from past mistakes

READING, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham reacts during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Second Leg match between Reading and Fulham at Madejski Stadium on May 16, 2017 in Reading, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
READING, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham reacts during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Second Leg match between Reading and Fulham at Madejski Stadium on May 16, 2017 in Reading, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images) /
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Tottenham have learned from the Kyle Walker fiasco

Quite a few Tottenham fans were surprised to learn that Spurs rekindled their interest in Fulham left back Ryan Sessegnon yesterday. The club’s decision to make another bid for the English starlet is actually a sign that Daniel Levy and company are learning from their past mistakes.

Reports from England claim that Levy and company are keen on signing Sessegnon this summer even though he inked a new deal with Fulham just a few short weeks ago. At the time, Sessegnon seemed to opt to stay at Fulham because he knew he’d receive significant playing time at the Championship club.

Danny Rose’s presence at Tottenham figured heavily into Sessegnon’s thinking. England’s starting left back still has four seasons remaining on the deal he signed last summer. Sessegnon would have to be quite a confident lad to think he could overtake Rose in the next season or two.

Of course, Rose’s recent interview with the Sun has changed the way a lot of people associated with Tottenham feel about him. At the very least, it significantly increases the likelihood that he’ll be sold before his contract runs out. Next summer he could very easily follow the same path as Kyle Walker. England’s first choice right back engineered a big move away to Manchester City earlier this summer.

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Still, it’s unlikely that Rose will be able to engineer such a deal this summer. As such, Spurs won’t have to add a new left back until next summer. Unfortunately, as Mauricio Pochettino has learned this summer, finding a like for like replacement in the same window can be quite challenging. Tottenham have had a nightmare of a time finding a new right back to push Kieran Trippier.

That’s precisely why Spurs fans should be encouraged regarding the interest in Sessegnon. It’s a concrete sign that Levy and company are learning from their past mistakes. They’re working hard to secure a potential replacement for Rose a full year before his likely departure. That will suppress the price required to purchase the new player while also giving him a full year to grow and evolve under Pochettino’s watchful eye.

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It’s very possible that Tottenham’s old chairman is starting to learn a new trick. The Sessegnon pursuit shows that Spurs are starting to think much more proactively on the transfer market. That could pay massive dividends for the club down the line.