On the latest video for his YouTube channel, Football.london journalist Alasdair Gold has been discussing the latest goings-on at Tottenham Hotspur, with a focus on the transfer business the north London club concluded in the recent window.
One topic of discussion on the video was Ryan Sessegnon’s recent loan move to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. The 20-year-old joined Spurs from Fulham last summer but struggled to make much of an impact in his first season with the north London club, making just six appearances in the Premier League, averaging a poor 6.32/10 rating (per WhoScored).
Therefore, with added competition for the left-back spot at Spurs arriving in the form of Sergio Reguilon, it can be argued that he was always likely to leave on loan, to ensure that his progress isn’t stifled and he can enjoy a season of regular football elsewhere.
Here’s what Gold had to say about Sessegnon’s loan move in the video:
“Ryan Sessegnon has moved on to Hoffenheim on loan, there’s no option to buy him there. Spurs still have high hopes, [Jose] Mourinho still thinks that he can challenge Reguilon and be alongside [Ben] Davies for that left-back role in the future.
“They wanted to get a club that would play him in that kind of role, or at least a wing-back role. They had lots of interest from the Premier League, teams across Europe and essentially, Hoffenheim presented the best option.”
It is no surprise that Hoffenheim were selected as the best option, as it seems they will be able to offer Sessegnon a starting role as a left wing-back in their side, considering Robert Skov, who is predominantly a right-winger, has featured there several times already this season (per Whoscored).
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If the England U-21 international can get a run of games under his belt with the Bundesliga side and return to the Lilywhites next season as a much more confident player, then perhaps there is no reason why the £22.5 million-rated ace can’t challenge both Reguilon and Davies for the starting role in Mourinho’s side.