Former Liverpool player Steve Nicol feels that the Reds should look to sign Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham to compete with Andrew Robertson at left-back.
Speaking on ESPN FC [via Daily Express], Nicol said that he would like to see his former club secure the 19-year-old defender as a back-up to Robertson, who is currently Liverpool’s only recognised left-back.
The Daily Express quoted Nicol as saying: “He’s there to push and he’s there to make the 11 that start better. He’s still a teenager, still has a lot to learn, but what, in two or three years time, he’s pushing Robertson or anybody else down that left-hand side.”
Sessegnon has been linked with a move to Tottenham, with Football Insider reporting that Spurs were hopeful of completing a £25million deal for the player in the next week. However, The Sun claimed that Fulham want a fee of up to £45m for the teenager.
He scored 16 goals and registered eight assists in 49 league games in Fulham’s promotion season of 2017/18 but those numbers fell to two goals and six assists from 35 Premier League matches last term, which ended in relegation for the Cottagers. His attacking licence enabled him to record match averages of 0.9 key passes and 0.4 crosses last season (as per WhoScored).
Robertson has been nowhere near as prolific in his two years at Liverpool, scoring just once in 78 games. However, he has been an excellent source of goals for the Reds, with 18 assists in that time. His tally of 11 assists in the Premier League last season was bettered by only four players. Also, he rated higher than Sessegnon in 2018/19 for key passes (1.4 per game) and crosses (0.6 per game).
In pre-season, academy prospect Adam Lewis has featured at left-back for Liverpool and his performances have won praise from former Reds John Aldridge and Jason McAteer. The former told the Irish Independent that “something would have to go very badly wrong for Lewis not to hit the big-time because he has all the raw materials to become a star”.
Sessegnon has Premier League experience, unlike Lewis, and he has shown that he can be a creative threat from the left flank.
However, Fulham’s reported valuation of £45m is steep for a player who would likely be the second choice behind Robertson and whose statistics are inferior to the Scotland captain, who cost Liverpool just £10m.
Also, his arrival would likely hamper the progress of Lewis, and Trent Alexander-Arnold has shown that full-backs at Liverpool can emerge rapidly from the academy to become comfortable at first-team level, so Liverpool can afford to leave Sessegnon to Tottenham.
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