Who is Premier League target Ryan Sessegnon?

Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon

Fulham full-back Ryan Sessegnon has been the subject of interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.

Fulham's Ryan SessegnonSessegnon in action on Tuesday

Ryan Sessegnon has emerged as a target for several Premier League sides according to reports, but just who is the teenage prodigy?

The 16-year-old has become one of the most talked-about prospects in English football after he made his Championship debut for the Cottagers in their 1-1 draw with Leeds on Tuesday. 

Sessegnon put in a hugely impressive performance, with the Evening Standard referring to him as the "star of the show". 

Many of the top clubs have been alert to the youngster's potential for some time now, but Tuesday night's debut has thrust him further into the spotlight with Manchester City joining the race, reports the Daily Mail

At Craven Cottage, Sessegnon has been under the tutelage of renowned academy director Huw Jennings.

Jennings was formerly with the famous Southampton academy which produced Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Adam Lallana, to name a few. 

Wales' Gareth BaleSessegnon has been heavily compared to the Wales star

The teenager has been compared to Bale, who started as a defensive left-back before advancing into a more forward role and becoming the attacking midfielder Real Madrid signed for £85 million. 

Having made his debut for Fulham Under-18s at the age of 14, it is no surprise that he has made the leap up to the first team so quickly.

Last year, Fulham won the Premier League's Under-16 International Cup, beating the likes of Arsenal, PSV and Schalke to the title. Sessegnon, who joined Fulham at the age of nine, was named Best Attacking Player of the Tournament, while his twin brother Steven was Best Defender.

Leyton Orient's Harry Cornick and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon in actionSessegnon also played against Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup last week

He represented England Under-17s at the Euros last summer despite being a year underage. Prior to that, he had made six appearances for England Under-16s, scoring three goals.

Sessegnon showed against Leeds that he has the ability to play in an advanced role, with his runs up the wing creating numerous chances for Fulham's strikeforce.

It would seem the wonderkid also has a knack for making a contribution when it matters most, a skill that can evade some English players at big tournaments. 

He scores some good goals too.

Although Sessegnon is being tipped for great things, it's important not to get too carried away too early - something of which the player himself is fully aware.

It has certainly been a big week for the hot prospect, but the following week will be even bigger. He receives his GCSE results next Thursday.

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