Ryan Sessegnon is one of the most sought-after 17-year-old footballers in Europe. He made last year’s PFA Championship Team of the Season, despite 2016-17 being his first year with Fulham’s senior team, and is being touted as one of England’s next great players.
Tottenham Hotspur are one of quite a few English clubs interested in his services, but it appears that Sessegnon is about to commit himself to Fulham for the near future.
Ryan Sessegnon, & twin brother Steven to sign new deals with Fulham ending immediate interest this summer from MUFC, Liverpool and others— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 28, 2017
The deal is Sessegnon’s first professional contract, and Sky Sports is reporting that it’s for three years. He could very well still end up at Spurs one day, but it would now presumably require a much larger fee to pry him from Craven Cottage.
Re-signing Sessegnon is a big win for Fulham boss Slaviša Jokanović as he tries to reinforce his squad for another run at promotion. Guaranteed playing time in the Championship with Fulham probably helped convince the youngster to stay. He started 17 games in the league last year, despite only being 16 for the vast majority of the season.
When a transfer was being floated we heard a lot about Sessegnon wanting to stay in London. Some people took that as meaning he wanted a transfer to Tottenham, but staying at Fulham serves that purpose for now too.
It also allows him to continue to hone his skills in the second-division. Ryan has a lot of growing to do defensively if he is going to one day be an elite left back. His future could also be further up the pitch as a left winger, which is part of the reason why he’s such an exciting young player.
He’s still a player to keep an eye on this coming season. This new contract won’t eliminate Spurs’ interest in Sessegnon completely, they’ll just have to be patient and wait until next summer if they really want to sign him.