Fulham’s Steven Sessegnon is often compared to his brother, Tottenham Hotspur’s Ryan. But do the comparisons need to end, and does Steven now deserve his own limelight?
A member of the England U17 squad that lifted the World Cup two years ago, Steven Sessegnon remains one of the Championship’s brightest talents at 19, and was enjoying a good spell in the Fulham first-team this year.
He missed the start of the season but soon returned to the fold, and has made a total of eight Championship appearances for Fulham under Scott Parker. Sessegnon’s last game was almost a month ago though with the full-back taking up a spot on the bench.
It’s frustrating for fans to see him on the sidelines – his game suits Parker’s modern approach to affairs at Fulham, with his pace on the flank and ability to run up and down that channel providing Fulham with a new dynamic.
Fulham only lost one of the eight games that Sessegnon played in, taking 15 points from the 24 available. It’s thought that he’s been carrying a muscle injury for some time now and that he can’t quite get back to full fitness, at least in Parker’s eyes.
He sat three games on the bench until being left out of the match-day squad altogether at Birmingham last time out, and fans are beginning to ponder the situation with the 19-year-old. One thing remains true with Fulham fans though – Steven Sessegnon is a fine young player.
Brother Ryan burst onto the scene in 2017 when he scored 16 Championship goals under Slavisa Jokanovic but in the Premier League, he didn’t make the splash that he’d have hoped to with just two goals in 35 league games.
It still landed him a move to Spurs in the summer – fans widely expected him to depart after relegation, but they don’t seem to be missing him all that much. Yes, his goals in their promotions season wouldn’t go amiss now, but they’ve still got a Sessegnon and many believe that Steven will one day go on to reach the heights his brother has.
But that’s the problem that Steven faces – always being compared to Ryan. Although he hasn’t played all that much for Fulham this season, fans know that he’s a hugely exciting prospect, and deserves to be judged in his own attributes.