Spurs may have to let Sesseg­non leave on loan

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Sam Dean

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur may have to find a loan move for Ryan Sesseg­non this sum­mer amid fears that the young­ster’s de­vel­op­ment is stalling un­der Jose Mour­inho.

Sesseg­non, a £25mil­lion sign­ing from Ful­ham last sum­mer, has not played a sin­gle minute since the Pre­mier League’s restart and was left out of the 20-man squad who faced Ever­ton on Mon­day night.

The 20-year-old over­came a se­ri­ous ham­string in­jury at the start of the cam­paign and has started only four league matches. Spurs are un­der­stood to rate him highly, but ac­cept he needs more min­utes if he is to con­tinue to develop.

Af­ter emerg­ing as one of Ful­ham’s key play­ers, de­spite his age, Sesseg­non chose Tot­ten­ham over Manch­ester United, Paris St-Ger­main and RB Leipzig be­cause he wanted to play for Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, whose sack­ing in Novem­ber came just two weeks af­ter Sesseg­non, who can play at left-back or on the left wing, made his long-awaited de­but. He had his first start un­der Mour­inho against Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Cham­pi­ons League, scor­ing Tot­ten­ham’s only goal, but has not been given many chances since.

If Tot­ten­ham were to sanc­tion a loan, chair­man Daniel Levy would want guar­an­tees that Sesseg­non would be given plenty of game time. He is also un­likely to al­low him to play for a side who could be con­sid­ered a ri­val.

Tot­ten­ham are hop­ing to find ways to lower the trans­fer fee of around £35mil­lion that Southamp­ton are be­lieved to want for Pierre-Emile Ho­jb­jerg.

They could ne­go­ti­ate a deal in which right-back Kyle Walker-Peters makes his loan move to Southamp­ton per­ma­nent, and the prospect of Sesseg­non be­ing avail­able on loan could also help Tot­ten­ham’s ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion.

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