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Potential departure could pave way for Fulham man to get back into the side: Comment

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Fulham’s Joe Bryan has been linked with a move to Watford this week, and it could give full-back Steven Sessegnon the chance he’s been waiting for at Craven Cottage.

Sky Sports have reported that Nigel Pearson is lining-up a move for Joe Bryan this month, with the Hornets having several first-team defenders out injured.

Bryan, 26, is in his second season at Fulham after signing from Bristol City in the summer of 2018. He’d developed a reputation at Ashton Gate as a fast and powerful full-back, capable of getting forward and helping out in attack.

Fans felt he was one of their better players in an otherwise dismal Premier League season last year but this time around, Bryan has received a lot of critics at Craven Cottage.

Nevertheless, Watford look keen on the full-back and if the deal goes through, Scott Parker has a replacement waiting in the wings.

Steven Sessegnon is a talented young full-back for Fulham but unlike his brother, Ryan, he’s been unable to make a patch on the first-team as of yet.

The 19-year-old has suffered with injuries this season but has made a handful of appearances for both club and country, featuring on occasion for Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions.

He’s been kept out the team by Bryan who’s played in all but one of Fulham’s Championship games this season, with Sessegnon not starting a match for Parker’s side since October – he’s played just 53 minutes of football for Fulham since starting in the 2-2 draw with Charlton.

Sessegnon’s omission from the first-team has been surprising for the most part but with an experienced Championship full-back in Bryan, game-time was always going to be hard to come by for 19-year-old.

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But with the 26-year-old potentially leaving the club this month, it could give Sessegnon and unexpected chance to shine for Fulham in the second-half of the season, and properly introduce himself to fans.

They want to see him succeed at Fulham. After the excitement that his brother brought to the Cottage, expectations of Steven will inevitably be high.

But in the glimpses that Fulham fans have seen of Sessegnon, he’s shown that he has similar traits to Ryan and that he could go on to be a really important, quality player for the club.

Time will tell with this one but it makes a lot of sense for Sessegnon to step in if Bryan departs – he’s part of the future at Fulham, and could be an integral first-team member before the season’s finale.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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