The 20-year-old joined Spurs from Fulham last summer in a £25m deal (as per BBC) but endured a difficult first season in north London, making just 12 appearances in all competitions and facing criticism from some Spurs fans over his performances.
Former England defender Mills has now called on the left-sided Tottenham player to add more consistency to his game, believing that it is the only way that he will win over Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to Football Insider about Sessegnon, the ex-Leeds right-back said: “He has got to prove that he is reliable.
“That is always the case with younger players. You get a move because of your ability but it is then about doing that week in, week out. He has to be consistent.
“You have got to be seven or eight out of 10 every single week. Managers do not like inconsistency. The manager needs to find a level of trust in a player. If Sessegnon can find that consistency then he will play.”
With respect to Sessegnon, he has not had many opportunities to demonstrate his consistency for Tottenham, with a paltry 12 appearances last season and only six of those coming in the Premier League (two as a substitute). He began the campaign with a hamstring injury that kept him out until November, while he has not been called upon in the league since the third week of January (as per TransferMarkt).
Indeed, the 20-year-old actually posted better match averages for several metrics last season compared to the 2018/19 campaign with Fulham, including tackles won (one to 0.6), clearances made (1.7 to 1.1), passes per game (26.5 to 19.6) and passing accuracy (77.4% to 73.4%), so there are signs of improvement from him. [via WhoScored]
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However, there may be a reason as to why he has not played in several months, possibly because Mourinho simply doesn’t trust him as a first team regular or hasn’t been wowed by him in training. If that is indeed the case, then Mills’ constructive criticism of Sessegnon is understandable.
The 2019/20 campaign proved a false start to the youngster’s Tottenham career but hopefully his goal on Saturday can be the springboard towards a more settled season in north London for him.
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