It has been reported that Spurs’ Ryan Sessegnon is to fly to Germany today to complete a move to Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.
The 20-year-old signed for Tottenham for a reported £25 million with add-ons last summer. The deal also saw Josh Onomah move to Craven Cottage.
Ben Davies and Danny Rose had already populated the left-back position for Tottenham, with Sessegnon’s road to a starting berth further forward comprehensively blocked by the likes of Heung-min Son.
However, following Danny Rose’s move to Newcastle, there was hope of a possible route into the first-team. This route soon became congested once again, though, as Spurs moved to sign Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.
The decision from Hoffenheim is an intelligent one. The German club’s only recognisable senior left-back is Konstantinos Stafylidis. The Greek international is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Despite this, Hoffenheim have so far setup with a back-3, with Pavel Kaderabek, a more naturally right-sided player, deputising on the left. This presents a big opportunity for Sessegnon to come straight into Sebastian Hoeneß’ side.
With Hoffenheim also in the Europa League, this could prove the perfect situation for the England under-21 international to get some valuable minutes under his belt.
The German connection
The number of English players moving to the Bundesliga both permanently and temporarily is on the rise.
German clubs have increased scouting across the channel, and are reaping the benefits. Sessegnon could become the next player to make it in Deutschland.
The most notable recent success is of course the mercurial Jadon Sancho. Now a fully fledged England international, Sancho left Manchester City in search of a realistic path to first-team football, and has since achieved his ambition.
Sancho has become one of the most lethal wide-men in the Bundesliga. Additionally, he has been heavily linked with a £100 million move back to Manchester, with former club City’s rivals United.
Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson, meanwhile, previously spent time at Hoffenheim, with mixed results. An excellent start to life under then-coach Julian Nagelsmann soon slowed, before Nelson returned to the Emirates having made just 5 starts.
Finally, Rabbi Matondo followed a similar route to Sancho. Leaving Manchester City’s academy, the winger joined Schalke on a permanent deal. He has so far made 28 Bundesliga appearances, scoring twice at the age of 20.
England’s national side will only benefit as more of its young talent gets experience in other leagues, widening the pool of players for Gareth Southgate to choose from.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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