How Daniel Levy’s £25m Tottenham transfer gamble could fail in January window


Tottenham Hotspur’s signing of Ryan Sessegnon has certainly not gone how the player or Daniel Levy would have liked.

Having lit up the Championship with Fulham, Sessegnon, who can play left-back or left-wing, was brought to north London in 2019 for a fee of £25million, penning a five-year deal in the process.

He has failed to really establish himself within the team under Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho or Nuno Espirito Santo.

Now 21, Sessegnon has made just 14 appearances in all competitions for Spurs in the time since and scored just one goal.

He spent last season on loan with German outfit Hoffenheim but could only produce five goal contributions in 29 outings and returned to north London earlier this year.

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Having been signed as an extremely promising youngster when at Craven Cottage, the gamble on his services certainly looked worth it.

Sessegnon’s Spurs career looks set to take another damaging knock though, with reports suggesting that he could be on the move sooner rather than later.

According to Turkish outlet Takvim, Fenerbahce are eyeing the youngster ahead of a January move, with manager Vitor Pereira apparently a big fan.

Ryan Sessegnon in action during the Europa Conference League play-off first leg between Pacos de Ferreira and Tottenham Hotspur
Ryan Sessegnon in action during the Europa Conference League play-off first leg between Pacos de Ferreira and Tottenham Hotspur

It remains unclear at this stage whether a move would be a loan or permanent, but either way, it would appear that Sessegnon has only a limited amount of time left to convince Spurs that he has the potential to forge a name for himself with the club.

After all, he finds himself some way down the pecking order behind the likes of Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Bryan Gil.

Following his return from Hoffenheim, Sessegnon suggested that he was aiming to impress after an inconsistent first few years since his arrival at Spurs – something that has yet to materialise due to a troublesome injury.

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Speaking with talkSPORT, he said: “In some ways, I haven’t even really got going at Spurs. It’s been stop-start since I’ve been there.

“I got there [to Spurs] and [Mauricio] Pochettino was there. I just came back from injury and then he got sacked and Mourinho came in and then I got sent on loan.

“It’s been hectic and stop and start. Like you say, it’s a fresh start for me to go back and show what I can do.”

Source by Football London

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