Exclusive: Hardly-seen Spurs youngster is a '£50m player in the making'
Tottenham are convinced Ryan Sessegnon is a potential world beater and a former Premier League striker agrees he is a “£50million player in the making”.
The 20-year-old has struggled to make an impact at Spurs since his £25million move from Fulham last August amid doubts whether he is best suited to playing left-back or in a more advanced attacking role.
Injuries and mixed form disrupted his debut campaign and he has been linked with a loan move in the upcoming season to Ajax.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that Mourinho and his backroom staff are in no doubt about the potential and talent of Sessegnon.
They are convinced he will eventually come good and will benefit from a full pre-season under his belt.
Mourinho intends to use left-footed Sessegnon in principally attacking roles, on both the left as well well as the right.
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Longer term, he regards the 20-year-old as a left-back capable of establishing himself as a first choice for club and country, and able to shine in the Champions League.
Ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan agrees that Sessegnon is a special talent.
“I saw a lot of him at Fulham and he was outstanding for them, probably the best player in the Championship a few years ago,” he told Football Insider.
“He’s young and has time on his side. I expected him to make a quicker impact at Spurs, but you often get these teething troubles with young players, especially when they’re competing with top internationals.
“Once he has a run of matches under his belt and gets his confidence, there’s no doubt he’s an outstanding player.
“I think he is a £50million player in the making, and Spurs and Mourinho will, too.”
Sessegnon has made just four Premier League starts among 12 appearances in all competitions since joining Tottenham.
This is a far cry from his exploits at Fulham, where he was named in the Championship team of the season in back to back years as a 16 and then 17-year-old, and also won the division’s coveted player of the season award.