Who is Ryan Sessegnon, the Fulham teenager linked with a move to the Premier League?

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The youngster has been enhancing his reputation in the heart of the Cottagers defence. He has been linked with Premier League big guns Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Gunners had a bid rejected last January, but all have reignited there interest in the starlet, sparking a bidding war.

But who is the rising starlet? Sam May gives you the lowdown of all you need to know…

Factfile

Name: Ryan Sessegnon

Age: 16

Place of birth: Wandsworth, England

Position: Left-back

Club: Fulham
Background

Born in Wandsworth, Sessegnon joined Fulham’s academy 2008, aged eight. He joined the club alongside twin brother Steven who also remains with the Cottagers.

Progressing through the youth ranks, his favoured position is left-back, but he can also play further forward.

A regular with Fulham’s Under-18s last season at the age of 15, Sessegnon was promoted to the first-team in pre-season. He made his full debut in the 3-2 victory as Fulham beat Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup back in August.

His first league start was against Leeds United, and scored his first goal just four days later in a 2-2 draw with Cardiff.

Becoming the first player born in 2000 to score in the professional English leagues, he also became the youngest player to score in a Championship match at 16 years and 94 days.

Style of play

Having risen through the England youth ranks, he has a similar playing style to Danny Rose.

Like the Tottenham left-back, young Sessegnon is pacy, athletic and a great crosser of the ball.

He previously featured in the Under-17 European Championships this summer as the Young Lions bowed out in the quarter-finals. Sessegnon has an eye for goal having scored for England Under-19s in the win over Luxembourg.

He has also drawn comparisons to Gareth Bale who started his career as a Championship fullback.

What they have said about him

Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald is keen for Sessegnon to remain at Craven Cottage rather than making Premier League jump so soon.

“Ryan’s at a great club to learn his trade and progress,’ McDonald said. “The experience he’s getting in games and training with the players every day is good for him.

“I’m sure he will continue kicking on. He has everything in his locker to be a top player and it’s up to him how he does it.”

Fulham manager Slaviša Jokanović, who handed Sessegnon his debut had previously stated: “He is a real winner and he is just 16 years and three months. He is a real young player”.

“He is a very interesting project as a player, but it is better not to put him under any pressure.”

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