With the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur now have two strong left-backs who will face each other for minutes, including Ben davies. With the signing of Gareth Bale, Spurs are now absolutely stacked at the wide attacking midfield positions.
So where does that leave Ryan Sessegnon? Signed from Fulham last summer and a longtime target for Tottenham, there doesn’t appear to be room for Sess on the side and it’s hard to see where he’s going to get minutes this season.
The answer, according to Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, is that Sessegnon will get his minutes elsewhere. Gold report that the club plan to send Sessegnon on loan before the transfer window closes in October in order to further develop him as an attacking left-back.
Mauricio Pochettino strongly implied that Sess’s future position was being left out, but that he wasn’t quite ready for the job. Before he was sacked. Poch intended to play Sessegnon in rotation in left midfield with Son Heung-Min, before eventually bringing him back to the rear. That still seems to be the plan. The difference is, there just aren’t enough minutes for him to develop at Spurs.
Gold is quite adamant that the club still think very hard about Sessegnon, who is still only 20, and that the idea of a loan is not an indication that they are looking to move him forward. Mourinho has compared Sess to Ashley Cole, and Gold notes that there is a “frenzy” of interest in taking Ryan on loan this season, both in the Premier League and abroad. Ajax has been one of the rumored potential destinations.
It’s a good plan. Mourinho has made noise that his squad are too big, but Sess is too young to give up now, especially given his early league dominance as a teenager at Fulham. It looks like a good shot. Hopefully he can land somewhere that uses and develops him, so that when it’s time to move Ben Davies forward, Sess is ready to step straight into the role.