Liverpool and Arsenal are fighting it out for Fulham’s 16-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon, reports GetWestLondon.
(Not Stephane Sessegnon, who’s currently without a club after being released by West Brom!)
The teenager played in Fulham’s 3-2 win over Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup last night and shone by all accounts – mightily impressive considering the fact he was born in 2000. (Gulp…)
His manager Slavisa Jokanovic said:
“Ryan Sessegnon is a talented boy.
“I’m sure he’ll participate in the competitions this year. We have to assess him and we have to help him.
“He’s still working in the Championship with competition from other players. He’s still a boy so he needs to grow up.
“He’s ready for some part of this competition. We have to care about him. I believe in the future he’ll be an important player in English football. This boy needs time.”
Liverpool are constantly on the lookout for top young English talent from other clubs around the country. Sheyi Ojo was poached from MK Dons as a 14-year-old, recently sold Jordon Ibe was attained from Wycombe as a 15-year-old and Ovie Ejaria was secured from Arsenal last summer, too.
The latter is now 18-years-old and shone so much in pre-season you can be sure Arsenal are cursing the day we acquired the London-born dynamo.
Hopefully we get to see some of Ejaria in the first-team this term. He’s rangy, technically adept and possesses physical attributes that belie his years.
Perhaps Sessegnon will join him at one point in our Under-23 side first, and then the first-team proper.