Antonio Conte impressed by Ryan Sessegnon’s reliability at Tottenham

Antonio Conte impressed by Ryan Sessegnon’s reliability at Tottenham

Antonio Conte impressed by Ryan Sessegnon’s reliability at Tottenham

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte told the club’s first team youth to follow the example of the “reliable” Ryan Sessegnon.

Sessegnon could be recalled for Saturday’s visit from his former club Fulham, having been an unused substitute for the midweek draw with West Ham.

It was the first time this season Conte didn’t use full-back, who started campaign opening matches with Southampton and Chelsea before having cameo roles against Wolves and Nottingham Forest.

The 22-year-old has made great strides in the past 12 months and is now seen by his manager as a trusted option on the left, in contrast to Djed Spence, Pape Matar Sarr and Bryan Gil who are the same age in Sessegnon.

Conte said: “Regarding Sess, we are now talking about a young but reliable player I can count on for Premier League or Champions League matches, for every match.

“You know very well that in every game I try to make the right decision but in that role I feel good because I have (Ivan) Perisic and Sessegnon, two important players.

“He has improved a lot and I remember very well since I arrived Sessegnon was another player. He is now a reliable player and has great confidence. He is physically strong and improved in his qualities and technically.

We are talking about a really good player, a young player who can get stronger but this is the difference between other young players. We are talking about a player who has played many games and is reliable for every game, not just for tomorrow or the FA Cup, he is ready for every game. “

A quiet transfer deadline day saw Sarr and Gil, who both joined last summer, remain at the club and fail to get loan transfers that could have helped their development.

Spurs manager Conte was clear on Friday that the two – along with the arrival of July Spence – are not ready to compete for a starting spot in the Premier League or Champions League.

Changes could be made for this weekend’s match with Fulham, but Harry Kane is expected to lead the line and has two more records in his sights.

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Harry Kane has another record in his sights (PA)

A goal on Saturday would make him the Premier League’s third overall top scorer with 188 goals and a brace would see the England international beat Thierry Henry’s record of most goals in London derbies in the competition, which currently stands at 43.

“The records underline that you are doing something special,” Conte added.

“I think Harry is doing something special in his career in terms of personal achievements because it’s such a shame with so many goals, so many great personal achievements that he hasn’t won (trophies) until now.

“Usually when you score a lot of goals for your national team or your club, you deserve to have a good win (trophy), but we are trying to work and help him achieve this.

“You know very well for us that Harry is important and we are talking about a world-class striker but I also see in him the desire … the desire to do something special.

“When you win it means you lift a trophy, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup or Champions League. With the national team, the Europeans, the World Cups and these are trophies to be raised and we are talking about a top player. I think he deserves it. “

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Eric Dier is impressing his manager (PA)

Kane’s first change to win silverware will take place this winter with England at the World Cup in Qatar and teammate Eric Dier’s steady form has seen the center-back linked to a recall in the squad of Gareth Southgate.

“Now in England there is talk of the best tournament in the world, the best and most difficult tournament and now Eric is an important level of defenders,” insisted the Italian.

“For sure, what I can tell you is that Eric has improved a lot since I arrived. We are certainly talking about a reliable player.

Whether or not he deserves to go depends on what national team manager Southgate thinks. I have too much respect for him to say anything wrong or to try to convince him. “

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