Tottenham Hotspur have absolutely no excuse if Ryan Sessegnon is not at White Hart Lane soon.
Rose’s exit from Tottenham now looks almost inevitable, with Spurs looking to get £25 million for the left-back.
The decision has not gone down well, and it is clearly a risk for Spurs.
Rose looked to be getting back to his best towards the end of last season and, on his day, he is still a very accomplished Premier League left-back.
There is logic in Tottenham’s decision though. Rose is 29, and if they can raise the fee that they want for the England international it could still be a smart move.
What Tottenham must now do is ensure that Ryan Sessegnon is snapped up.
Spurs have been chasing Sessegnon for well over a year now. They know Fulham’s asking price, they have an indication that the player wants to play for Mauricio Pochettino (the Guardian), and it is clearly a transfer that the Tottenham boss wants.
With Rose heading out the door, Sessegnon could have a key role to play at Tottenham, and it is crucial that he is given time with his new teammates before the new season starts.
Spurs may have to pay slightly more to get Sessegnon now, rather than at the end of the window, but that is a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things.
Spurs need to give Sessegnon the best possible opportunity to make a success of his time at White Hart Lane if he is to be Rose’s successor, and it will be crucial to give him pre-season to adapt.
It would be massively unfair on the 19-year-old, who is valued at £40 million (Sky), if Tottenham signed him at the last minute and threw him straight in their first-team.
And if Spurs are so adamant on selling Rose, then they simply have to ensure Sessegnon is a Tottenham player in the very near future.
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