Michael Brown has tipped Tottenham speedster Ryan Sessegnon to break into the starting XI next season after a difficult first year at the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs midfielder believes the 20-year-old will go into pre-season with a “clean slate” under manager Jose Mourinho.
The left-sided star joined Tottenham from Fulham last summer for a reported £25million fee but has struggled for regular game time in north London.
Sessegnon has played just 12 times for the Lilywhites to date, with half of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
However, Brown believes that a full pre-season under Mourinho will give the young flyer a chance to impose himself on the squad and force his way into the reckoning for when the campaign kicks off after the summer.
Brown told Football Insider: “Listen, he’s a great footballer and I think we’ll see some good years for him but he obviously just wants to play at the highest level, he wants to be in that team and it’s just proving a little bit difficult at the moment.
“I just think there’s that uncertainty with Spurs – what players are they going to get, what system, who’s playing, who’s not?
“As a fresh start, it’s a clean slate, you can come back to pre-season, let’s have a go at it and I think he’s got that youthful fitness and desire to get in. You’d certainly think he’d be able to force his way in the team.”
Sessegnon’s last top-flight appearance came back in January, with Mourinho preferring to use the likes of Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn in attack and Ben Davies in defence.
He has a total of 42 Premier League games under his belt after a season with Fulham among England’s elite.
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