The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Lyons

THE scouts who came to watch Ful­ham star­let Ryan Sesseg­non on Tues­day must have groaned when he wasn’t in the starting line-up.

Yet he did enough in a halfhour sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ance to show why he has al­ready been marked out as a star of the fu­ture.

With Ful­ham trail­ing 1-0 to Leeds, Whites boss Slav­isa Jokanovic in­tro­duced the 16year-old for Scott Malone at left-back.

Al­most in­stantly, Sesseg­non, who turns 17 in May, put in a fine cross and it was clear he had been told to get for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

He linked up well with left-winger Neeskens Ke­bano, us­ing his pace to over­lap at times and put the Leeds de­fence un­der more pres­sure.

And not many teenagers would be charged with tak­ing cor­ners after com­ing off the bench. Yet Sesseg­non, whose twin brother Steven is also on Ful­ham’s books, was given the set-piece du­ties from the right, us­ing his left foot to whip the ball in. Iron­i­cally, it was from one of his weaker cor­ners that the Eng­land Un­der-17 in­ter­na­tional got the chance to show his ath­leti­cism, tenac­ity and de­sire. After the ball was cleared, it was played back out to him. Ini­tially, he slipped, but he re­cov­ered su­perbly to steal the ball from Leeds’ Al­fonso Pe­draza by the cor­ner flag when he looked sec­ond favourite – and then fired in a low cross that Leeds strug­gled to get clear. The young­ster also showed good re­cov­ery speed to dis­pos­sess United sub Mo Bar­row, and his com­po­sure high­lighted the fact he is one to watch.

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