Spurs may have to let Sessegnon leave on loan
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.