SESS: IT’S EASY TO SEE WHAT FUSS IS ABOUT
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.