Parker watches old Fulham but has to overcome a major hurdle


Fulham are reportedly keen to re-sign Ryan Sessegnon from Tottenham this summer after returning from loan in Germany.

Sessegnon, 20, jumped to the attention of the football world as a teenager for the Cottagers. After going through the youth lineup at the West London club, he made his senior debut at just 16 years old. This happened in an EFL Cup match against Leyton Orient in August 2016 and he has had 30 appearances in all competitions this season. The youngster scored seven goals and then added 16 in 52 outings in the following campaign.

Able to play as a left-back or left winger, Sessegnon made 26 starts with Fulham returning to the Premier League in 2018-19. This prompted Spurs to relocate and the north London company paid £ 25million for his services.

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The deal also saw Josh Onomah move in the opposite direction. Injuries kept the Roehampton-born ace from making his Tottenham debut until November 2019.

In a disappointing season, he only managed four top-flight starts in six outings. Jose Mourinho decided to loan him out, with Sessegnon signing a one-year contract with German club Hoffenheim.

And it seems to have been a productive move, with 10 Bundesliga starts and 16 appearances. Injuries have halted his progress lately, but the England Under-21 star has gained some top-level experience.

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We don’t know if Mourinho sees it in Spurs’ long-term plans and another loan may arise. Sergio Reguilon is the Portuguese tactician’s first choice left-back.

The mirror report that Fulham chief Scott Parker wants to see him again on the Thames. Whether this would be on a permanent basis or on a loan is not clarified.

But Fulham will have to maintain his Premier League status to have any chance of reaching his goal.

Sessegnon will not warm the Spurs bench

Once in shape, Sessegnon looked at home in the Bundesliga. He will be keen to prove he can meet the demands of the Premier League when he returns to Spurs.

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But in February, the starlet made it clear that he want to play and not sit on the bench. This might not be possible at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Therefore, a move seems the likely scenario, with Craven Cottage an option. Parker’s men have seven games to save themselves and give the club the best chance at signing talented players.

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