It’s been a woeful season to be a Fulham supporter, hasn’t it?
With only four wins to their name in the Premier League this season and their club now thirteen points from safety, it is almost certain that the Cottagers will be heading straight back down to the Championship after achieving promotion last year.
In a campaign which started with a great deal of promise at Craven Cottage, former boss Slavisa Jokanovic’s disastrous signings in the summer transfer window seemingly destroyed all the harmony and togetherness in the squad.
The Serbian was sacked in November and was replaced by the tinker-man Claudio Ranieri who didn’t fare much better, winning three and losing eleven of his games in charge of Fulham before leaving the club last month.
Now with former player Scott Parker in caretaker charge of the Cottagers, it is time to prepare for the Championship and to do this, he has to test out all of his defensive options ahead of next season.
This includes handing Steven Sessegnon his Premier League debut on Saturday against Liverpool at Craven Cottage. The 18-year-old right-back has made three appearances for the club in cup competitions this season but has yet to start a game in England’s top tier.
With Fulham extremely unlikely to pick up anything other than a heavy defeat at the weekend, there would be no risk whatsoever in playing Sessegnon as he will learn more from playing 90 minutes against the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah than he ever will from youth football.
Having represented England at numerous youth levels already during his career, it is clear that he is a promising young talent who would undoubtedly benefit significantly from experiencing what the Premier League has to offer. Even if he only features in three of four games towards the end of the season, it could be worth its weight in gold for both Fulham and Sessegnon.
His brother Ryan was handed his league debut in 2016 against Leeds United in the Championship and has not looked back since, scoring 25 goals for the club in 112 appearances.
Fulham’s recent utilisation of their youth academy has seen both Olympique Lyonnais forward Moussa Dembele and Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts, who is currently on loan at La Liga side Girona, come through the ranks.
With these three examples demonstrating just how fruitful it can be to bring through your own players, Sessegnon could provide another chapter in Fulham’s history of promoting home-grown talent if given the chance to feature in the club’s final eight fixtures.
What do you think Fulham fans? Should Parker give Sessegnon the opportunity to make an impression on this side? Or is it still too early for the teenager to be thrown in at the deep end? Get in touch below…