David Sesay isn’t a name many football fans will be too familiar with.
The 20-year-old only has a handful of Football League appearances to his name, but he’s attracting serious attention from the Championship.
Luton Town are the latest side to express an interest in the Crawley defender, who only broke through into senior football last season.
With limited experience behind him, is the former Watford trainee the right man to boost the Hatters’ squad? We shine a spotlight on his stats from last season to find out.
Sesay isn’t just catching the eye across the Football League; he was called up to represent Kenya at the tail end of last season, a request he turned down in order to help Crawley fight off the spectre of relegation. They managed it, just, and he racked up 21 appearances in total.
Having served his youth career at Watford he has had a good upbringing in the game, but there is nothing like senior football to truly test a young player. He might only be 20 but he got involved in plenty of duels last season, both in the air and on the floor.
Perhaps his age, coupled with his committed approach, is what has caught Luton’s eye.
In terms of aerial duels, Sesay contested 3.65 per game, winning 43.3% of them. It’s expected a defender will win around 50% of his duels, so the numbers aren’t such a worry. Whilst they don’t jump out as truly outstanding, they do show a willingness to get involved with some tough forwards.
On the deck he was involved far more, to be expected for a player preferred at full-back for much of the season. He contested 7.58 defensive duels per game on the deck, winning 56.1% of them. That’s proof that he’s sharp in the tackle and can cope with the demands senior football brings.
Those are the numbers that truly make him stand out, but there is another aspect to his game that would certainly suit Luton’s ethos. He’s able to play out from the back, with 67.1% forward passing accuracy. It’s easy to look at passing accuracy as a whole and forget how simple a sideways pass is to get right.
However, to have a good number when only taking into account forward passes is impressive.
David Sesay is a talented defender, a ball playing youngster with good pace and a sharp tackle. If the price is right, he would make a great addition to a Championship side.