COMMENT By Richard Parks
It is a measure of the calibre of Ryan Sessegnon that all the big guns are queuing up to sign him this summer.
Whoever lands the Fulham sensation can rightfully claim they have landed the signing of the summer, indeed, the signing of the year.
Sessegnon is that good.
Normally, when assessments are made of 17-year-olds, discussions centre on promise and potential.
Not with Sessegnon, whose achievements are already mindblowing for a player of his age. To call him precocious would be the understatement of the year.
Tottenham have been consistently and strongly linked with the wonderkid and have been given a huge boost in their bid to sign him despite growing Manchester United interest.
The Times claim United have shortlisted Sessegnon to become their new left-back but the teenager would prefer to remain in his native London.
This comes after the Daily Mail report that former Fulham striker and BBC pundit Leroy Rosenior is one of many who believe a deal has already been done for Sessegnon to move to White Hart Lane.
The 17-year-old with the world at his feet is emerging as a matchwinner and prolific goalscorer. He has made the Championship team of the season in his first two campaigns – aged just 16 and 17 – and is now the undisputed best player in the division.
Sessegnon has been in sensational form for Fulham, scoring 15 goals in 47 appearances in 2017-18, including 11 since Boxing Day to kickstart a golden run for the team.
In addition to player of the year, he also won the Championship’s young player of the season and apprentice of the year awards, and was named in the Championship team of the season.
Naturally, that doesn’t mean the left footer could play for a Champions League calibre club like Spurs every week, and Sessegnon must be careful to leave a team where he is the first name on the teamsheet for one where he won’t be.
But Tottenham would be a better move for him than Manchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino has an excellent track record of developing and trusting in youth, the same of which can’t be said for Jose Mourinho, who wasn’t even willing to play Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku in their early 20s.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that the club have been handed a stunning £52million windfall.