Redknapp: Brilliant teenager wanted by Tottenham this month will be the next Ashley Cole
By Harry Sykes
Jamie Redknapp has hailed Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon as the next Ashley Cole.
The 16-year-old left-back is creating waves in the Championship on the back of a stunning start to his senior career.
Sessegnon is being closely monitored by the leading Premier League clubs, who are well aware he is not able to sign a professional contract with Fulham until he turns 17 next May.
Football Insider revealed last week that the outrageously gifted wonderkid is expected to be worth £30million in two years and the big guns believe they could save themselves a fortune if they can prise him from Craven Cottage during the January window.
A well-placed source has said Tottenham are keen on signing the teenager this month, but there is also strong interest in him from the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.
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Former Spurs and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp has also been blown away by the precocity of Sessegnon, and mentioned his impact on Monday.
“Keep an eye out for Ryan Sessegnon, the 16-year-old who is making great strides at Fulham,” Redknapp wrote in a column for the Mail.
“I’ve watched the Wandsworth-born left back for a while and he has what it takes to be the next Ashley Cole. His twin brother Steven, who plays across the back line or in midfield for Fulham’s Under 18s, isn’t bad either.”
Fulham have produced some outstanding players in recent years, with Celtic’s Moussa Dembele and Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts among those who have graduated from one of the most impressive academies in English football.
Football Insider revealed last February that Arsenal had made an offer for the England Under-19 international, who has been dubbed ‘the next Gareth Bale’ by sources at Craven Cottage.
Redknapp regards the youngster as more of a defender like Cole, even though he is building a reputation as a prolific goal creator and scorer, much like Bale was when he was coming through the ranks at Southampton.
Sessegnon, who does not turn 17 for another four months, has made 12 appearances for Fulham this season, spread across 869 minutes of action.
In August, the London-born ace became the youngest scorer in Championship history and he has continued to develop, scoring goals in each of his last two Fulham appearances.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.