Jamie Redknapp has urged Fulham attacker Ryan Sessegnon snubs Tottenham and any other team who may try to sign him in the summer transfer window after a blistering season at Craven Cottage.
Sessegnon, 17, is the first player from outside the top-flight to be nominated for the young player of the season award after scoring 14 goals and supplying six assists in 46 appearances across all competitions this term.
The wonderkid’s form has naturally led to huge amount of speculation over his future with the Daily Mail reporting that he is interested in signing for long-time admirers Spurs.
However Sky Sports pundit Redknapp has urged Sessegnon to stay put this summer and continue his development at Fulham.
“Sessegnon reminds me of Gareth Bale, who went from being a left back to a world-beater. Under Slavisa Jokanovic, he has gone from being a left back to a winger who is always looking to attack,” he said on the Daily Mail website.
“He is playing week in, week out in the Championship and holding his own.
“It is only natural that Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and both Manchester clubs are monitoring him but Sessegnon has to think hard about what to do next.”
He added: “It is about making that right move — the one that will help further your career rather than hold you back. My advice to Sessegnon is to stay at Fulham and continue progressing.
“It is so important that Sessegnon is handled carefully. Ignore the money — that will come later.”
Football Insider verdict
Sessegnon clearly has bags of potential and is bound to be a star in the future, but Redknapp is right, moving to a big Premier League club at this stage in his career will set him back. At Fulham, he is playing every week and is tearing it up in the Championship. If Fulham are promoted then the 17-year-old absolutely must stay put and prove that he can do it in the Premier League. For teams like Tottenham, that will mean that they will have o spend more to get him in the future, but that is exactly why the Cottagers should rebuff any offers this summer as they could be in for a massive payday at some point.
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