16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon has shown great promise this season. He has provided pace and youthful exuberance at left-back, proving a more than able deputee to the equally hardworking Scott Malone.
Asked to play in front of the 26-year-old on one occasion, Sessegnon had the game of his life in front of 52k spectators at St James’ Park last month. He scored twice and won a penalty with the score at 3-1, but was denied the chance for a hat-trick. That performance suggests he can rise to big occasions and it has attracted admiring glances from bigger clubs: Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.
While a big move might seem exciting to the youngster and his family right now, due to the financial security, it would not be beneficial for his career. Sessegnon is still only a child: it may be unfair to inflict on him the pressure and attention that comes with earning more and representing one of the biggest clubs in England.
It is important that he continues to worm his way into Slavisa Jokanovic’s first team plans at Fulham, whilst gaining confidence with the level he is currently playing at. As with most talented young players, patience is a virtue.