Transfer insider Dean Jones reckons that Ryan Sessegnon’s Tottenham career is “not looking great”.
The 21-year-old started Sunday’s defeat at Wolves but lasted less than 30 minutes after he was taken off following a tactical change from Antonio Conte.
What’s the latest news involving Sessegnon?
In terms of how the majority of Sessegnon’s career at Spurs has gone, the last few months haven’t been too bad. Overall, he’s started five games in all competitions under Conte, including three in the Premier League.
The latest of those came against Wolves, although with Tottenham trailing 2-0 inside 18 minutes, Conte switched to a back four, and as a result, Sessegnon was sacrificed.
His chances have generally been few and far between, but, according to WhoScored, only Dejan Kulusevski and Bryan Gil have performed worse than the former Fulham man this season.
Against Liverpool, Sessegnon was impressive up against Mohamed Salah, winning six tackles, which was more than any other player, while he completed 71 percent of his attempted passes.
But his only league appearances since then was a disappointing showing against Chelsea (5.84) and that brief outing against Wolves.
With Sergio Reguilon currently Conte’s first-choice left wing-back, despite Sessegnon being preferred on Sunday, Jones fears for his position at the club.
What did Jones say about Sessegnon?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Conte seems like he would embrace him more than perhaps Mourinho did, but it’s not looking great for him. You wonder if this continues, what he’ll be thinking next season.”
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Does Sessegnon have a future at Tottenham?
Right now, Sessegnon’s situation is concerning. Conte clearly trusts him more than Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo did, but his Spurs career still hasn’t really got going.
Whenever he has been given a chance, he hasn’t taken it. And while he might have been harshly hooked against Wolves, he should use that as motivation to ensure it doesn’t happen again, regardless of whether he was sacrificed as part of a tactical change.
Sessegnon clearly has the talent, he showed that when he scored 16 Championship goals at the age of 16. You don’t score that amount of goals at that age unless you have serious ability.
But Conte has already shown his ruthless side by moving on Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, while loaning out Bryan Gil in January, so it’s time for Sessegnon to step up to the plate and start proving himself at this level.