Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has tipped Ryan Sessegnon to nail down a place in Tottenham Hotspur’s starting 11 in the near future, even suggesting a surprising role by replacing Christian Eriksen.
His comments come after the 19-year-old produced an impressive performance against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, scoring Spurs’ only goal in a 3-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena.
Should Ryan Sessegnon be a starter at Tottenham?
Sessegnon joined the north London outfit from Fulham in the summer transfer window, but he has had to bide his time for first-team minutes due to a hamstring injury (Transfermarkt).
Robinson was very impressed with the England under-21 international’s performance in Munich and believes that he could now become a regular in the first team, perhaps at the expense of Eriksen.
Speaking about the 19-year-old to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs shot-stopper said: “I thought Sessegnon was a shining light in a poor performance [v Bayern] and Jose used the game as an opportunity to play young players and fringe players who haven’t thrived.
“The only one who stood out last night was Sessegnon, I thought he looked good defensively, as he was chasing back as well as going forward.
“He got his goal from a brilliant strike and I think he really took his opportunity.
“And I think there’s an opportunity for him to start games and play due to the way Jose plays Kane with three behind him.
“It would be Alli, Son, Eriksen but without Eriksen out of sorts, there’s a real chance for Sessegnon to make that spot his own behind Harry Kane.”
As Robinson suggests, Sessegnon was certainly one of few positives to come from the game against the Bundesliga giants.
Indeed, he took his goal very well to beat Manuel Neuer at his near post, but he also played one key pass whilst also showing some defensive nous by making one successful tackle and one successful clearance in the game (SofaScore).
With Eriksen having openly admitted that he wants to leave and with his contract set to expire in the summer (The Telegraph), it could well be that Jose Mourinho starts to limit his minutes in favour of exciting young prospect Sessegnon, although it would be a surprise to see him fill the playmaker’s role, rather than replace a winger – Sessegnon has never played the role behind the striker.
He does also have Lucas Moura as an option, but the Brazilian has been very inconsistent this season. Indeed, he has scored just four goals in 19 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt), so Robinson may well be right that there could be an opportunity for Sessegnon in the starting 11.
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