Ryan Sessegnon has told The Sun that Antonio Conte forces his injured Tottenham players to watch training so they can still continue to learn and understand the Italian’s system and way of playing – which has helped Sessegnon, writes the HITC.
Conte took over at Tottenham last November and is approaching a year in charge. But 22-year-old Sessegnon, who has a history of injuries, was suffering with an issue when Conte joined. He picked up a muscle injury on Boxing Day 2021.
Indeed, throughout the second half of the season, Sessegnon was preferred to Sergio Reguilon – who has left. But it was whether Sessegnon was fit. In the win over Everton, he injured his hamstring, keeping him out for six weeks.
Now fit again, the England Under-21 international has spoken of what Conte made his players do when injured. Sessegnon knows more than most, that he would force those injured to watch training to help their understanding.
“He makes the injured players watch the tactical sessions and I was the first to sit aside and watch the way he wants us to play. Then you go and do your physical stuff. They are long days,” Sessegnon told The Sun.
It is certainly not the norm. As Sessegnon says, injured players would normally be in the gym or in rehab to help overcome their injury quicker. But by the time they are back on the grass, they are not up to speed tactically.
So, it is quite clever from Conte. Keeping the injured players up to date so that when they are fit enough to return – they can hit the ground running. They know what is expected from them. That has perhaps helped Sessegnon.
The left-back has started four of Tottenham’s eight games this season despite the signing of Ivan Perisic. With the latter 33 years of age and only at Spurs until 2024, there is every chance Sessegnon will be the club’s long-term left-back.