The two new bits of team news we got earlier in the week centered around two of Tottenham Hotspur’s new signings. It was reported yesterday that Giovani Lo Celso is available for selection in today’s Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade, which is fantastic news considering most didn’t see him returning to training until November.
Ryan Sessegnon has had an even harder road this season. Arriving at Spurs injured, he has suffered at least one setback this season and has yet to play a minute for Tottenham either in preseason or regular season. According to Sky’s Lyall Thomas, Spurs fans will need to wait even longer to see the Fulham academy product — Sessegnon is far behind in his match fitness and will likely play a few matches with Tottenham’s U23 reserves to get back up to speed.
This is fine. In fact, it’s perfectly understandable! Sessegnon hasn’t run or kicked a ball competitively in months since he injured his hamstring playing for England U21s in June, so it makes sense that he’s nowhere near match fitness, much less “Pochettino fitness.” It would do him nor the Spurs first team any favors to throw him in the deep end so soon after returning.
The hope is that Sessegnon will be the future on the left side of the pitch for Spurs, whether that’s as a left sided midfielder, or (hopefully) a left back replacement for Danny Rose. Patience, however, is Sessegnon’s watchword this season, and while it sucks that we haven’t yet seen what he can do, the expectation is that this transitional season will pay dividends down the road.