Liverpool should sign Fulham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon, according to Cottagers expert Ryan O’Donovan.
The 18-year-old has one year left on his contract with the London club, who could soon be forced to think about cashing in.
O’Donovan thinks the talented defender would be a perfect fir for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and has urged the Reds to go for him in the summer.
“He’s only got a year left on his contract and he hasn’t signed a new deal yet,” O’Donovan said.
“So there is a lot of, ‘will he go, won’t he go’. If Ranieri was still here, I would’ve said he’d definitely go because there was no way Ryan Sessegnon would want to work under Ranieri in the Championship.
“But with Scott Parker there, there might be an angle for him to say he wants to stay at Fulham and keep learning.
“He hasn’t had the season many people were expecting. Many reports in the summer were quoting £50m for him. Fulham aren’t going to get that much this summer if they do opt to sell, especially with just a year left on his contract.
“As a project, I think he’s one of the most exciting talents in the country to work with”
He continued: “But there will be a team out there, a Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, or a Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, that will look at Sessegnon and think, ‘there is a player there, we can work with that player’.
“Maybe not necessarily a player who will come in and do things straightaway, but as a project, I think he’s one of the most exciting talents in the country to work with.
“So I do think Fulham will have a job in the summer keeping hold of him, especially with that year left on his contract.”
Sessegnon scored an impressive 16 times for Fulham in the Championship last season, but has only bagged two goals this season in the top flight. O’Donovan believes he still has a long way to go, however.
“It’s been a learning curve and you’ve got to remember he’s only 18 years old. There’s not many 18-year-olds who are pulling up trees in the Premier League,” he said.
“It’s taken time for him to adjust to the Premier League but I don’t people shouldn’t be worried by that. He’s still got the most assists in the Fulham team despite being in and out of the team, especially under Ranieri.
“The talent’s still there. But with Sessegnon, he’s not a player that beats players, he’s not got a bagful of tricks, but his reading of the game is brilliant, and I think in the Championship, defenders don’t read the game as well as in the Premier League, the likes of Virgil van Dijk, who reads the game so well, and it’s taken Sessegnon a bit of time to be able to do what he did in the Championship.
“He’s still only 18 years old, he’s still got such a future ahead of him, because he’s such a talented footballer.”