If you’re wondering why we haven’t seen hide nor hair of Ryan Sessegnon in the four matches since the Premier League restarted... well, so are we! Sess hasn’t even made the bench in Spurs’ last two matches. He hasn’t played a minute in the league since January.
Now, the Telegraph is reporting that Sessegnon might be loaned out next season, assuming he’s not in Jose Mourinho’s first team plans in the short to medium term.
Sessegnon is considered one of the luminaries of his generation of English footballers. He won Championship Player of the Season in 2018 as a 17 year old, and was high on Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy’s want-lists for years. Spurs finally landed their man this past summer, along with Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, and Jack Clarke. He was expected to work his way into the team, with Pochettino initially wanting to play him at LW before a gradual transition to LB.
But while the step up from Championship to the Premier League is huge, things haven’t gone according to plan with Sess. He picked up an injury right at the start of the season that kept him out of action until November. Shortly afterwards, Pochettino was sacked and Mourinho took charge. While Sess got some minutes in the cups and during the congested holiday fixture period, he obviously hasn’t done enough in Mou’s eyes to warrant more playing time.
A loan wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, especially if Mourinho doesn’t think he’s ready to compete for a starting position on the left side of the pitch. He’s only 20, and the only way he’s going to get better is with minutes. If he’s not going to get minutes at Spurs, better he goes to a place where he WILL play.
But considering Tottenham’s paucity at the left back position, it’s kind of baffling that Mou seems to be content to run Ben Davies into the ground and not give Sess an opportunity to prove himself. Hopefully he can get some chances in the next few games, enough to keep him around.