Ryan Sessegnon needs to “grow up” and “become a man” after his latest injury setback, according to former Tottenham captain Graham Roberts, writes the GMS.
The 21-year-old has been riddled with injuries since he made the £25m move from Fulham almost three years ago, and is once again on the sidelines after suffering a muscle problem against Everton recently.
While this has been Sessegnon’s most productive of his three years at Tottenham, it’s still been stop-start for the youngster.
A knock saw him miss the first three months of the season, which meant he didn’t make his first Premier League appearance until November. He did return and produce a fine performance against Liverpool, arguably his best in a Spurs shirt, but a muscle problem would keep him out of the entire festive period.
Once he returned, he would enjoy his best run in the side, starting six games in all competitions and appeared to have climbed above Sergio Reguilon in the pecking order. Sessegnon even chipped in with an assist in the victory at Leeds before setting up the opener against Everton nine days later.
However, he suffered another muscle problem in the latter stages of the first half of the 5-0 win over the Toffees, which is expected to keep him out of action until after the international break.
Sessegnon has played more than 900 minutes this term, which is more than his entire Tottenham career combined before, but Roberts doesn’t believe that the wing-back has developed properly.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Sessegnon needs to grow up, become a man, and become stronger.”
Ahead of the trip to Manchester United last weekend, Antonio Conte made it clear that Sessegnon had suffered a muscle problem and was set for another spell on the treatment table.
He said: “I think he will need one month to recover. For sure, it’s a pity because at the moment Ryan is giving continuity in his performances and this injury is no good for him, no good for the team.”
If Conte’s timescale is accurate and Sessegnon spends at least one month out, he’s likely to miss at least another two Premier League fixtures after the international break.
Spurs return from the break with a home game against Newcastle on 2 April before travelling to Aston Villa seven days later.
Unless Sessegnon makes a swift recovery, he’s likely to miss both of those, meaning he might be targeting the home game against Brighton on 16 April.