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Marco Silva makes honest admission about Fulham man’s absence ahead of Coventry clash

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Fulham manager Marco Silva has admitted that Steven Sessegnon will need to showcase his talent in training if he is to force his way into contention for a place in the club’s match-day squad for their upcoming clashes.

The full-back has seen his game-time limited in recent years due to the presence of Denis Odoi, Kenny Tete and Cyrus Christie.

Yet to make an appearance for Fulham this season in the Championship, Sessegnon has been used exclusively by the club at Under-23 level in recent months.

With the Cottagers set to face Coventry City tomorrow, the defender may be forced to watch on from the sidelines for this fixture after missing two days of training this week.

Fulham will be hoping to seal another victory in the second-tier on Saturday after defeating Swansea City on Wednesday.

Currently third in the Championship standings, the Cottagers could potentially move into the automatic promotion places by securing all three points at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Making reference to Sessegnon, Silva has admitted that his absence from action has been partly due to injuries and has suggested that the defender will need to prove his worth in training if he is to feature for the senior side this season.

Speaking to West London Sport about the defender, the Fulham boss said: “He has competition (at right-back) – and not just one, two or three players.

“Unfortunately, even in this short time I’m here, he’s got some small injuries that are stopping him.
“He’s not a player who can keep stopping (and hope to progress), and even before me he got injuries and Covid as well.

“These last two days, he didn’t work with the team again.

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“He has to try and keep fit and work as hard as he can.

“He cannot be in and out every single week, because if he wants to match his team-mates in this position he has to work really hard.

“He’s been unlucky, and he has quality, but he needs to show this every single day.”

The Verdict

When you consider that Fulham have a plethora of options to choose from at right-back, Sessegnon may find it difficult to force his way into the club’s starting eleven this season.

If he fails to make an impression for the Cottagers in the coming months, the defender may find it beneficial to seek a temporary exit from the club.

By joining a lower league side who are capable of providing him with the guarantee of regular first-team football, Sessegnon could potentially make considerable strides in terms of his development.

Providing that Fulham are able to produce a positive display against Coventry this weekend, they could use the confidence gained from this result to push on in the Championship after the international break.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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