Manager hails matchwinning display of record-breaking reported Tottenham target
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic praised wonderkid Tottenham target Ryan Sessegnon after he became the youngest scorer in the history of the Championship on Saturday.
Sessegnon, an England Under-17s international who only turned 16 in May, opened the scoring in the Cottagers’ 2-2 draw against Cardiff on Saturday, three minutes after coming on as a first-half substitute.
At 16 years and 94 days that not only made him the Championship’s youngest scorer, but also Fulham’s, and came just four days after he made his league debut in a 1-1 draw at Leeds.
Jokanovic expects there will be plenty more to come from the highly-touted teenager, who has emerged as a target for a number of elite Premier League clubs for his precocious left-back displays.
“Ryan can be good for us. He made a great impact for us,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports’ website of Sessegnon, who was born on May 18, 2000.
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“He is a real winner and he is just 16 years and three months. He is a real young player.
“I’m sure in the future he can be big part of my squad and help us. He can play in different positions.”
Despite Sessegnon’s opener Fulham needed a late equaliser from Kevin McDonald to claim a point, after two fine strikes from Joe Ralls and Anthony Pilkington turned this game on its head.
The wonderkid has been dubbed ‘the new Gareth Bale’ after impressing scouts at Premier League elite clubs with his performances in youth football.
The Daily Mail claims that Pep Guardiola is interested in the player who Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all made enquiries about.
The Evening Standard reported on Tuesday that offers of £3million for Sessegnon have been discussed with Spurs and his other main suitors Arsenal and Liverpool.
But the Mail suggest nearly there is now big competition for the highly rated youngster from the Manchester giants.
Neverthesless, it is reported that the Cottagers are in no rush to sell the wonderkid and would hold out for a much higher fee than £3million.
Sessegnon is one of the most highly-rated young players at the prolific Fulham academy, which has produced a number of outstanding young talents in recent years, including Mousa Dembele and Patrick Roberts.
He is an attacking left-back who is a prolific goal creator and scorer, much like Bale was when he was coming through the ranks at Southampton.
Sessegnon, whose brother Steve is also on Fulham’s books, scored three goals in six matches for England Under-16s and has now progressed to England Under-17s, making two appearances at that level.
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