Tottenham Hotspur hasn’t seen very much from their new summer signings thus far this season. Tanguy Ndombele played two matches before picking up a thigh injury. Giovani Lo Celso was slowly worked into the side before he got injured last week playing for Argentina. And Ryan Sessegnon actually joined the side nursing an injury of his own.
However, that could change, at least for Sessegnon. The highly-rated youngster, signed from Fulham, has been working the past two weeks to regain fitness and learn Tottenham’s tactical system, and Mauricio Pochettino has implied that he is likely to play tomorrow when Spurs host Crystal Palace.
“I cannot tell you today where he will play. We’ll see. Because [on Thursday] was the first day he was involved with the whole team and still he’s not had one tactical session with us. We were just six or seven players training in the last week and still I cannot tell if he’s going to play in one or another position. We’re going to assess him and we’ll see how he adapts.
”From the Championship with Fulham to Tottenham in the Champions League is going to be completely different. The good thing is that he has the capacity to play in different positions. It will be very helpful.”
Sessegnon has been used as a left sided fullback and midfielder at Fulham, and has even slotted into the midfield on a couple of occasions, so it’s not clear how Ryan would be used if he comes in on his Spurs debut. It might also depend on what the match situation is, obviously.
Pochettino is clearly excited by Sessegnon and thinks he has the capacity to be a future star for both Spurs and England, though he was clear to say that it will take a little time for him to fully bed in at North London.
“Ryan’s season [last term] shows that you can be a very good player, but you need a platform, team-mates and good coaching staff to help you. And then you need time, luck, training hard and hard work. Sometimes people don’t realise that for a player with talent, to be successful you need a platform. And Tottenham, I hope, will provide Ryan with that platform.
”It’s the platform that provided for Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks and other players who were very successful in their moment. I hope that happens with him, too, because he’s a great talent.”
Sess is coming off of his first full season as a Premier League player, but one that saw him at times criticized for his performances. Pochettino’s comments suggest that his quality may have looked a little diminished due to just how bad Fulham were in the league last season. The talent, though, is there and with a little nurturing and some time, Sessegnon looks like a player with a very bright future at Tottenham Hotspur.