By Richard Parks
Tottenham are in hot pursuit of Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon after he walked off with four trophies at Sunday’s EFL awards, according to a report.
The BBC Sport website claim Spurs are interested in signing the 17-year-old left-sided ace, who was named Championship player of the season, beating team-mate Tom Cairney and Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
He also won the Championship’s young player of the season and apprentice of the year awards, and was named in the Championship team of the season.
“He’s played a lot of football and he’s still relatively a baby in the world of football,” Lawrenson told Final Score, as quoted by the BBC Sport site.
“If I were Gareth Southgate, I’d take him to the World Cup, absolutely. He’s the future. You don’t have to play him necessarily, you can take 23 players.
“I would take him purely for the experience. He is that good.
“He’s in the right team at Fulham, with the way that they play. What a player he’s going to be. It’s frightening.”
Sessegnon has been in sensational form for Fulham this season, scoring 14 goals in 46 appearances, including 10 in 12 matches to kickstart a golden run for the team at the end of last year.
His performances over the last two seasons have led to inevitable rumours of a move away from Craven Cottage, with Spurs most heavily linked to landing him.
BBC Sport report the north Londoners also wanted to sign Sessegnon in January.
Football Insider verdict:
If any Championship player, young gun or otherwise, can make the step up from England’s second tier to the Premier League, it is the brilliant Sessegnon, a left back turned left midfield goal machine with the world at his feet. He has made the Championship team of the season in his first two campaigns – aged just 16 and 17 – and is now the undisputed best player in the division. Already, he is surely too good for the brilliant proving ground of England’s second tier. Naturally, that doesn’t mean the left footer could play for a Champions League calibre club like Spurs every week, and Sessegnon must be careful to leave a team where he is the first name on the teamsheet for one where he won’t be. But Tottenham have an excellent record of developing youthful talent, and it would be a smart move from the wonderkid to link up with Mauricio Pochettino, whose work on the training ground is as impressive as his man-management.
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