Taking the Championship by storm, it is set to be an interesting few months ahead for Ryan Sessegnon. Regardless of the outcome of Fulham’s season, he will not be short of Premier League offers.
The Fulham left-back has been major reason behind the Cottagers surge into the Championship play-offs. For the moment thoughts of leaving the club should be at the back of his mind with a huge game against Reading coming up. Naturally, though, rumours are going to surface for someone of such talent.
The main team the youngster has been linked with is Liverpool, and Sessegnon certainly fits the mould of Liverpool’s play with his ability to play anywhere across the left-side. Current left-back James Milner has been solid but surely the club should look for a future beyond him. It is a tantalising thought to imagine him playing alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
The other Merseyside club Everton have also been mentioned as possible destination. And given Everton’s track record with youngsters, this appears to be another good fit. Like Milner at Liverpool, Leighton Baines is only ageing too, and soon he will need to be replaced.
Typically Chelsea have also been keen on the youngster, but this would be by far the worst move for the England youth international. Too often Chelsea have failed youngsters by bringing them in only to ship them off on loan into the abyss. The most positive aspect of a move to London would be the playing style would suit Sessegnon, the youngster would thrive in a similar role to Marcos Alonso.
The ideal scenario for Sessegnon would be playing for Fulham in the Premier League next season. Already he is one of their established players and manager Slavisa Jokanovic is keen for him to stay.
“It not just depends on myself but depends on different sides too but I believe this is right place for him,”
Even if Fulham to do fail to gain promotion this season they should be one of the frontrunners next season. An opportunity to be part of a team at the top of the Championship would have much more of a positive affect on Sessegnon’s career than bench-warming at a bigger club.
Wherever he ends up it is imperative he gets playing time. At 16 he has already shown he is more than capable of making it in the Championship. It is important to keep him on an upward progression and the Premier League is that next step. Admittedly managers will feel there is a risk putting a player so young into the deep end and too often they shy away from such a move. Dele Alli had not played a minute of Premier League football before arriving at Tottenham but now he is regarded as one of the league’s best.
It is time to be bold with Sessegnon and let him prove he is worth the hype. Considering managers constantly moan at the amount of games they have to play there is no reason he wouldn’t be able to be part of a Premier League squad. If they are willing to put the money down, they should be willing to put him on the field.