Tottenham’s squad is made up of some incredible players, most of which have been turned into the players they are today thanks to the brilliant development regime that is currently in place at the club. Whilst that’s great for the club’s bank account, it’s fair to say that over the last few years, Tottenham haven’t exactly pleased fans with their transfer business.
Specifically, one area that Tottenham have fallen short in is their pursuit of top-class talent. Admittedly, they’re not a club that is able to attract Europe’s best names quite yet, but they’re getting there, though it’s still frustrating to see so highly-regarded players move elsewhere.
It hasn’t impacted on Spurs too much, but you’d certainly think that they would be in a better spot if they had more to offer some of Europe’s bigger names.
Tottenham are improving, though, and that’s shown by the fact that they’re said to be the favourites for a top young talent. According to the Express, Spurs are the favourites for the signature of Ryan Sessegnon, who is also attracting Juventus.
On one hand, the prospect of beating Juventus to his signature would earmark Spurs as a team that is finally capable of bringing in top talent, but the reality is that for Spurs, Sessegnon isn’t that kind of player.
A mythos has been built up around Sessegnon, earmarking him as one of Europe’s best and most exciting young talents, and that’s somewhat accurate. But Tottenham fans expecting the second coming of Dele Alli may well be sorely disappointed.
That’s because it’s hard to see where Sessegnon actually fits in at Tottenham. He’s never going to get into the team ahead of someone like Christian Eriksen, whilst the likes of Ben Davies and Danny Rose have the left-back spot in north London tied down.
The reality, you’d think, is that Sessegnon is primarily being brought in to fill a very specific gap in the Spurs squad – the homegrown quota gap. Though Tottenham have a number of British-born young players, two examples – Ben Davies and Eric Dier – don’t factor into Spurs’ homegrown quota, in Europe atleast. Dier developed his trade in Portugal, whilst having developed in Wales, Davies is excluded in European competition. That’s caused a few problems for the club, and that may only worsen.
As Tottenham improve as a team, they’ll naturally have to start considering foreign talent, simply due to the increased pool of availability, and that will only come at further cost to their homegrown quota.
Sessegnon, then, would be a solution to that problem, but he’s far from guaranteed to be much more than that. He’s an incredibly versatile player, which would be a huge help for the Lilywhites, but he’s emerging somewhat as a jack of all trades, yet also a master of none. He hasn’t had an easy spell in the Premier League, having been unable to find his best position. If he can’t do that for Fulham, he’s got no hope of taking it to the next level quickly at Spurs.
Of course, this could be all wrong. Pochettino may have a master plan, and maybe Sessegnon will find his feet in the Premier League at the second of time of asking. If that happens, they’ll be in an incredibly strong position.
However, fans should calm their expectations. Thus far, Sessegnon has looks to be the perfect depth option for Spurs, but he doesn’t appear to represent much more. Tottenham fans should be looking elsewhere for their first major signing in a while.
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