There has been plenty of talk about Danny Rose’s future amongst Tottenham fans. The Englishman was left out of Spurs’ travelling squad for their pre-season tour of Singapore and Shanghai to ‘explore prospective opportunities with other clubs’ as per the Tottenham website.
With that, it sounds like Rose’s days as a Tottenham player might be numbered, and should he end his career with the Lilywhites in the next few weeks after 12-years of service, it will be a serious void to fill. However, of the linked names, Ryan Sessegnon would be best placed to fill that void.
The teenaged left-back is one of the most promising English talents around at the moment, and The Daily Express have re-affirmed the Lilywhites’ interest in the Fulham man, as well as outlining the current sticking point in any deal for the defender.
According to the article, Sessegnon is one who the Lilywhites are prepared to part with £25m for, although the Cottagers, who were relegated to the Championship last season, are looking for a fee closer to the £45m mark, something Mauricio Pochettino isn’t willing to spend.
The contract situation that Sessegnon has at Fulham puts the ball in the Pochettino’s court. Whilst Fulham do have an option to a two-year extension on their youngster’s current deal, at the moment his deal is set to expire next summer, and they cannot afford to lose him on a free.
That current deal at Craven Cottage reportedly has the versatile left-sided youngster on just £8000 per/week (Spotrac), whilst should he make the move to Spurs, he could set for a massive wage increase that could see him earn closer to Danny Rose’s current wages of £60,000 per/week (Spotrac).
Sessegnon didn’t shine last season the way he did in the Championship throughout the 2017/18 season, but that could be down to a number of different things. Fulham’s struggles certainly won’t have helped, as he featured under three different managers in both defensive and offensive roles, but under Pochettino it’s hard to imagine he won’t improve.
Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Ben Davies and Kyle Walker all benefitted from the tutelage of the Argentine gaffer, and with Sessegnon looking to become a household name in English football, who better for him to be playing and learning under than the Tottenham manager.