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Tottenham Hotspur Had Blocked Summer Move For Youngster: Was It The Right Option For The Club?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Fanatik, Ryan Sessegnon was linked with a move to Fenerbahce in the summer. The Turkish giants had submitted a loan proposal for the Tottenham Hotspur youngster who was keen on making the move. However, the two parties simply could not reach an agreement over the transfer, leading to Sessegnon remaining at Tottenham this summer.

Ryan Sessegnon’s Loan Spell At Hoffenheim

Once regarded as one of the brightest talents in English football, Ryan Sessegnon joined Tottenham in 2019, for a fee of €27 million. But after failing to make an impact in the first-team, he was sent out to Hoffenheim last summer, on a season-long loan deal.

Much like other English talents in Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho, Sessegnon was hoping to find a professional breakthrough in the Bundesliga. But things didn’t exactly work out for him under Sebastian Hoeness, with the player racking up only two goals in 23 league appearances.

The youngster lacked a proper identity in the Hoffenheim squad. He was often switched between a fullback and a wingback role, and rarely as a preferred attacker. It affected his performances as Sessegnon ended the campaign with a total of five goal involvements in the league.

Hoffenheim didn’t make any real attempts to re-sign the former Fulham prodigy on a permanent deal, ending up banking their hopes on the returning loan star Jacob Bruun Larsen.

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Should Tottenham Have Offloaded Sessegnon?

Ryan Sessegnon’s failed move to Fenerbahce might not exactly bode well for the player. It is apparent that he is not considered as a first-team option for Nuno Espirito Santo, and has to be very lucky in order to make a breakthrough under the Portuguese tactician this term.

Realistically, Sessegnon is serving as an alternative for Sergio Reguilon, though it is fair to point out the presence of Ben Davies in the equation. But given Nuno’s preference of a three-man backline that often incorporates two attacking wingbacks, Sessegnon could certainly be given the nod ahead of Davies due to offensive prowess.

Unfortunately for the youngster, Nuno has so far opted for a four-man backline due to the limited options available at his disposal. That may not change anytime soon either, with Eric Dier recently getting injured while Japhet Tanganga was issued a dismissal in the last game.

Therefore, Sessegnon could be set for a frustrating few months before the Englishman once again tries to seal an exit from Tottenham in the upcoming January transfer window.

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