Ryan Sessegnon was sent off in his first Tottenham start since August after a dreadful first-half display against NS Mura.
RYAN SESSEGNON’S big chance to impress new Tottenham manager Antonio Conte turned out to be a nightmare.
When the 21-year-old was named in the starting lineup for the Europa Conference League match against Slovenian minnows NS Mura, he was given the opportunity to shine.
“What a fantastic strike!” exclaims the crowd.
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However, the former Fulham player’s night was cut short just half an hour after receiving his marching orders.
After only 11 minutes, Sessegnon received his first yellow card for a clumsy tackle.
After 20 minutes, the winger was dismissed for a second booking.
After being penalized, Sessegnon became enraged, but he caught his opponent while stretching for a loose ball, leaving the ref with no choice.
Spurs and Conte had a miserable first half, as they went in a man down and a goal down.
Tomi Horvat received the ball on the right flank, drifted into the box past Davinson Sanchez, and curled a fantastic effort into the top corner.
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For weeks, Sessegnon, who is making his first start since August, has been heavily linked with a Spurs exit.
In 2019, Mauricio Pochettino paid Fulham £25 million for the England Under-21 international.
He signed a five-year contract, but he has struggled to break into the first team under Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo.
Conte has only been in charge for a month and is still assessing his entire squad in preparation for the January transfer window.
However, the ace’s latest setback will do little to persuade the Italian that he has a future at the club.
Last season, Hoffenheim took the 21-year-old on loan, but he only contributed five goals in 29 games before returning to North London for pre-season.
Fenerbahce are the latest club to be linked with a move to help him resurrect his career.
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