Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon has reportedly signed a new deal with Fulham despite offers from big names like Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
According to a report by The Mirror, Fulham have received a major boost as Ryan Sessegnon has signed a new deal even as offers from Liverpool and Tottenham emerged this summer.
Sessegnon was quite the hot topic this transfer season as a host of Premier League biggies were chasing the youngster’s signature, out of which, Tottenham and Liverpool were believed to be the front-runners.
However, this will come as a massive boost for Fulham as the Championship club look to make a stronger push for a chance to play in the Premier League next season.
Interestingly, Sessegnon signed for Fulham at the under-9 level back in 2008 and progressed through the academy quickly to become the highly in-demand player that he today. His blistering form for Fulham got him noticed not only by Premier League clubs but also handed him appearances in the international scene.
He has appeared for England’s youth sides from their under-16s through to the under-19 level. Arguably, Sessegnon received more attention once he burst into the international team. One must appreciate the 17-year-old’s loyalty towards his club since it is believed that he wants to help Fulham secure a Premier League spot next season.
As far as Liverpool and Tottenham are concerned, this might come as bad news to them. Very few defenders at Sessegnon’s age have the ability to carry out defensive responsibilities and he could’ve been a welcome addition to Jurgen Klopp’s back line.
Like Alberto Moreno, Sessegnon has the pace to properly cover counter-attacks, which is crucial in a high-octane defensive line. There is one trait that sets him apart from Moreno though and that is his ability to rally opposition attackers into positions which become favourable to him, thereby allowing the youngster to capitalize.
Sessegnon also has a healthy work rate which is a prerequisite for any signing Klopp makes and it does look like the Merseyside club have missed out on a strong defensive talent.
Tottenham, on the other hand, could’ve also been a sound choice but Sessegnon might have had to forfeit some playing time with the Spurs. Having said that, Pochettino’s style of football is something he could’ve adapted to especially since Kyle Walker is expected to exit this summer.
Sessegnon’s future does seem exciting. Although he is a defender, he is always among the goals. Even if he wasn’t scoring them, he was creating them and it will be interesting to see how he progresses at Fulham over the years.