Wow, now this could really be one of the transfer stories of the summer.
Despite Tottenham long being credited with an interest in Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, according to Love Sport Radio, Crystal Palace have made the first real move as they look to land the 19-year-old.
A lot (literally a lot) needs to happen before a deal starts to materialise. But if they can pull it off — and that is a big if — Sessegnon would be a tremendous signing for them.
After a very impressive 2017/18 season in the Championship at such a young age, perhaps he did not quite live up to expectations once making his Premier League bow.
However, Sessegnon is still a talented individual and would represent quite the upgrade on Jeffrey Schlupp.
Like the 26-year-old, Sessegnon is a very versatile individual, with both players able to play on multiple positions on the left flank, according to Transfermarkt. Considering that, it would not be a surprise if we learned that Roy Hodgson has identified the Fulham teenager as a potential replacement.
But looking at his stats, offensively, Sessegnon would be more than that. Simply put, everything points to him being an upgrade.
For example, last season, he was able to provide six assists, average 0.9 key passes per game, make 0.9 dribbles and put in 0.4 crosses. And at just 19 years of age, you would expect those numbers to get even better.
Schlupp, in contrast, created just the sole goal, averaged 0.5 key passes per game, made 0.7 dribbles and put in 0.1 crosses.
When it comes to winning the ball back, Sessegnon has some work to do before he is on Schlupp’s level. His 0.6 tackles per game fall short of Schlupp’s 1.4 (all stats via WhoScored Player Comparison).
But if Hodgson is looking for more of an attacking threat down that left-hand side, then Sessegnon could be his man.
Crystal Palace fans, do you think Sessegnon would be an upgrade on Schlupp? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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