With the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur now have two solid left backs that will compete for minutes, including Ben Davies. With the signing of Gareth Bale, Spurs are now absolutely stacked at the wide attacking midfield positions.
So where does that leave Ryan Sessegnon? Signed from Fulham last summer and a long-time target of Tottenham, there doesn’t seem to be a spot for Sess in the side and it’s hard to see where he’s going to get minutes this season.
The answer, according to Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, is that Sessegnon will get his minutes elsewhere. Gold is reporting that the club is planning on sending Sessegnon out on loan before the close of the transfer window in October in order to continue to develop him as an attacking left back.
Mauricio Pochettino heavily implied that Sess’s future position was left back, but that he wasn’t quite ready for the job. Before he was sacked. Poch had plans to play Sessegnon in rotation at the left midfield position with Son Heung-Min, before eventually moving him back to fullback. That still seems to be the plan. The difference is that there just aren’t enough minutes for him to develop while at Spurs.
Gold is pretty adamant that the club still thinks very highly of Sessegnon, who is still just 20 years old, and that the idea of a loan is not an indication that they are looking to move him on. Mourinho compared Sess to Ashley Cole, and Gold notes that there is a “frenzy” of interest in taking Ryan on loan this season, both within the Premier League and abroad. Ajax has been one rumored potential destination.
It’s a good plan. Mourinho has been making noises about saying that his squad is too big, but Sess is too young to give up on now, especially considering his precocious domination of the Championship while a teenager at Fulham. This feels like a good move. Hopefully he can land somewhere that will use him and develop him, so that when it’s time to move Ben Davies on, Sess is ready to step right into the role.