New Tottenham Hotspur signing Ryan Sessegnon hopes to start training with his new club next week, according to The Daily Mail.
The former Fulham man is currently sidelined after picking up a hamstring injury while away at the under-21 European Championships in the summer.
Sessegnon joined the North London giants on deadline day for a fee believed to be £25m.
It is being reported by the publication that Mauricio Pochettino wants to bed Sessegnon in slowly and that the youngster hopes to be in first-team contention by the middle of September, after the first international break.
Sessegnon is a left-back by trade and after Danny Rose’s uncertain future during the summer, he could be fighting for a starting place when he returns for injury. The 29-year-old star was left out of the club’s pre-season tour in order to be able to find a move away from the club. However, a move failed to materialise due to a lack of interest in the England international.
Statistically, there is not much between the two fullbacks when you look at their defensive performances in the Premier League last season. Both defenders averaged below one in all of their defensive categories bar one. Sessegnon managed to average 1.1 in clearances made per game, while, Rose averaged 1.9 in the number of tackles made per game.
However, there is a very big difference when you look at the attacking intent of the two men. While Rose managed to get just three assists in the Premier League, Sessegnon managed to score two goals and get six assists in just his first season in the top flight of English football.
The difference between the attacking quality of the two men is quite stark, and it shows that when he returns to full fitness, Sessegnon might be a more expansive option for the club. Perhaps he will need time to bed in after joining the club but, once that happens, the North London side do appear to have someone who can potentially take over from Rose and give the team more of an attacking edge.
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