After a slow start, Fulham have spent the second half of their season skyrocketing up the Championship table. One of the reasons they’ve been able to get themselves into the playoff places has been the incredible play of one of the youngest players in the division.
Ryan Sessegnon, who is still only 17-years-old, leads the Cottagers with 13 goals scored this campaign. His tremendous production has generated even more interest in the youngster, and has thus increased his price tag as well.
According to The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur are very much still interested in signing Sessegnon this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur are willing to pay up to £35 million to try to land Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon in the summer. But Fulham will put up a fight to keep Sessegnon if they are promoted to the Premier League and already value the 17-year-old at closer to £50m.
In 2018, during which time Fulham have won seven league games, Sessegnon has scored eight times. In the country’s top four divisions, only Sergio Agüero has scored more this year.
Manchester United have shown an interest in Sessegnon, but Tottenham believe they are at the front of the queue for the England Under-19 international.
Spurs were heavily linked with Sessegnon before the start of this season, but both the West London club and their star pupil seemed to think the time was not yet right for a transfer. But they will only be able to hold onto a talent like his for so long.
The teenage prodigy came up through Fulham’s ranks as a left back, but now spends most of his playing time left wing. His transition is similar to that of former Tottenham star Gareth Bale. Like Bale, Sessegnon’s attacking prowess has been too strong to be wasted at left back. He also struggled at times defensively when he was employed at the back earlier this season.
It’s unclear where he would play if Mauricio Pochettino gets his way and is able to sign him for Spurs this summer. Some of his defensive inadequacies could be bypassed if he plays as a wing back in Tottenham’s current system, but he obviously has what it takes to play further up the field. This kind of positional versatility is a good problem to have, especially at such a young age.
It is a bit worrying that his reputation is rising so fast, as bigger clubs will now probably be competing with Spurs for his signature. Sessegnon is from Roehampton in Southwest London, so he could very well choose Tottenham if he is set on staying in the English capital.
£35 million is a hefty price to pay for a player who will turn 18 in May, and that may not even be enough to get Fulham to agree to a deal. If they get promoted to the Premier League then the fee could creep closer to that £50 million mark.
But Sessegnon is one of the most promising talents in all of English football. He might just be worth whatever it takes to bring him to the club.