Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic feels Ryan Sessegnon could be an England player in near future very soon.
Sessegnon’s rise to the big stage has been an impressive story. The 18 year old came through the ranks at Fulham and made his senior debut two years back.
He was an influential figure in the Cottagers’ promotional campaign last season and was also a part of the EFL Championship team of the year.
Sessegnon has continued his development this season and has been used in a number of positions by the gaffer. Predominantly a left back the teenager has played in wider position and even in midfield.
There had been interests from a number of clubs including Tottenham Hotspur but the club has opened contract negotiations with the player and he is expected to put pen to paper on a new contract very soon.
Jokanovic said, “Truly I believe it will be soon that he will be part of the English national team.
“I never spoke to (Gareth) Southgate about him. I spoke to people from the FA before the World Cup.
“Some people think he’s a winger and some think he’s a full-back. He can play perfectly in both positions. His numbers are fantastic as we check how many metres he is running in high intensity. You can be impressed with his physical performance.
“He is clinical in the opposite box and can score goals easy. Somebody says he is not strong enough to be a defender and they are completely wrong. He’s actually seven kilograms bigger than when he started working with us; that’s seven kilograms of muscle on his body. You can detect a big difference.
“I don’t know a winger or a defender who is stronger who can stop him. He must use this power in a legal way, with the experience he will use the body, use more physical contact.
“It’s weird we are talking about an 18-year-old player. I try talking about this when you are talking about men. He’s a kid with a body like a man. His limit is high.”