After years of waiting, Ryan Sessegnon is finally a member of Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs have been linked with Sessegnon for a while, including the entirety of this summer, but they waited until deadline day to seal the deal. The club has yet to officially announce it, but the BBC has confirmed that Sessegnon has joined and signed a five-year-contract. And when the BBC says it, you can take it to the bank.
UPDATE: IT’S OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL
The fee to sign Sessegnon is reportedly around £20 million, with some performance-based bonuses and Josh Onomah going the other way.
Sessegnon would have cost a lot more had Spurs purchased him when they were interested in him last summer, but now Fulham have been relegated. They had to sell him, and the 19-year-old apparently refused to consider moving to any club but Tottenham, which hurt his market.
According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Mauricio Pochettino wants Sessegnon to play at left wing initially, before eventually moving to left back long term. Most of his success in his career has come from bombing down the left side of the field, and in Pochettino’s system he can do that in a few different positions.
Sessegnon didn’t have the most impressive campaign last season, but no one on Fulham did. He had only two goals and six assists in 2018/19, a low return when compared to the 16 goals and 8 assists he had in the Championship the year before.
Still, Sessegnon’s talent is undeniable. And he’s still so young. Sessegnon burst onto the scene for the first time when he was 16 and starting to make inroads into the Fulham senior squad. At 19, he still has plenty of room to grow.
Onomah leaving the club has been expected for a while, but it’s still sad to see. Born in Enfield, Onomah is a local product who came through Tottenham’s academy. He showed promise on occasion, but never really made too much of an impact when given a chance with the senior team, and when given a chance on loan.
It’s unclear if Sessegnon will be ready and available when Spurs begin their season on Saturday at home to Aston Villa.