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Brighton Set To Miss Out On This Tottenham Hotspur Full-Back: Massive Blow For The Seagulls?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail has reported that Brighton and Hove Albion are set to miss out on Tottenham Hotspur full-back Ryan Sessegnon, who is expected to travel to Germany to complete a loan switch to Hoffenheim before Monday’s transfer deadline. It is believed that the Seagulls made an enquiry for the English defender, but their efforts seem to be in vain as the player is expected to finalise a season-long loan move to the Bundesliga this summer (via The Daily Mail).

Sessegnon’s Lacklustre Spell At The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The 20-year-old has struggled to make a significant impact since arriving at Spurs from Fulham last summer. The London-born wide player missed a major chunk of the previous campaign with a hamstring injury. He was only involved in 12 matches for the North London outfit in the last term, scoring one goal and providing one assist in all competitions.

Despite his injury struggles, Sessegnon deserves a lot of credit for averaging 1.0 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 1.7 clearances and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League last season. However, he needs to improve his ball-distribution after completing 77.4% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

Sessegnon needs more first-team opportunities if he intends to develop as a wide player. Thus, it makes sense for him to go out on loan in search of more game-time in the 2020-21 campaign.

Brighton set to miss out on Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Sessegnon who is being subbed in the picture
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho praises Ryan Sessegnon after being substituted during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 26, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

What Does The English Full-Back Offer On The Field?

Sessegnon is one of the quickest players in Jose Mourinho’s squad and has shown that he is capable of making some dangerous runs down the left flank. He is also a solid defender inside his half but needs to add more goals and assists to his name if he wants to be a regular feature at North London someday.

Missing Out On Sessegnon: Big Blow For The Seagulls?

The English full-back could potentially become a future star in Premier League football, but at the moment, he needs to make more senior starts so that he can take his game to another level. Missing out on Sessegnon will be a bitter pill to swallow for Graham Potter as he would have benefitted from acquiring someone of Sessegnon’s skillset on loan this summer.

The Seagulls have currently got Solly March and Bernardo fighting for a place on the left-wing, but they can both be inconsistent at times which has cost Brighton a few results in the past. All in all, Sessegnon’s decision to join Hoffenheim will be a massive blow for Potter ahead of what could be another long and gruelling season for his players in the Premier League.

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