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ikky

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Weren’t Palace interested in him last year before he got injured again which scuppered that move? If so seems we lost out on a fee.
 

Freddie

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Beyond an excellent breakout season with Fulham I never really saw what others did. I felt the same way I did watching Tom Ince...did well for a bit but I didn't see the huge potential. He had a good cross but when people try to list his strongest attributes I almost feel like they're making them up. They frequently mention pace that I never saw evidence of, even before the injuries. I felt like it was a case of the emperor's new clothes with him. But it's still incredibly sad he didn't have the opportunity to convince me otherwise. Hope he can get a run of games somewhere.
 

cookiemonster

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Dec 29, 2005
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Whoever scantion this transfer need to retire for football

He actually had a season auditioning for Fulham nine the Premier league

Looked out of his depth and yet we went to pay £30m for him in the summer
 
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muppetman

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Jul 29, 2011
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Has there been any indication if he's over his injury problems and might at least get a pay as you play deal somewhere for a season, or is he done?
 

kd2000

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Aug 29, 2012
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I actually think there is a pretty good player there. Unfortunately every time he played it left me feeling like he didnt trust his body enough to go that little bit further than he was comfortable with. I also got the feeling he refused to play through even a bit of pain.
 

Khilari

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Our (and other big club's) interest during the summer after he had excelled in the Championship made complete sense. He then struggled to make an impact on games in the PL, with it seeming apparent (to me and plenty of others) that he wasn't defensively good enough at LB or offensively good enough at LW to cut it in the PL...at least not yet. I honestly think he would have made a better LM, in an old-school 4-4-2, than LB/LWB/LW in a modern system.
It seemed we were one of the only clubs to not cool their interest after his initial season in the PL, which made me extremely nervous when his signing was announced. It seemed like he was signed as a player with general long-term potential, rather than to play in a specific position, at a time when we were in desperate need of improving our matchday squad. It never really seemed that anyone at the club knew what position his development should be focused on.
Agree. We look out for talent and sometimes it pays off (Bale, Madrid, Dele to name a few recent examples) and many times it does not. It's easy in hindsight to say "we should not have paid this much money" but that's lazy. Whether our youth scouting system has been up to par over the last 10 years is a slightly separate debate, but most would agree that that is something we actually did reasonably well until Pochettino left. Numerous talented players have come through our ranks and over the last 6 years we seem to have prioritised more experienced players, under Mourinho and Conte.

At 17-18 or 18-19 years old, I think it's fair to say no club signs the finished article with exception and the next few years is where players kick on and develop under the right coaches and the right environment. Ryan Sessegnon's career was curtailed more through injury and an inability to develop due to this than him being a fundamentally bad player. A shame as I had really high hopes for him but sometimes they work out and sometimes they don't. Hopefully our new crop of youngsters gives us all a lot to shout about in years to come.
 

Dillspur

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I actually think there is a pretty good player there. Unfortunately every time he played it left me feeling like he didnt trust his body enough to go that little bit further than he was comfortable with. I also got the feeling he refused to play through even a bit of pain.

If you didn't trust your body you're not going to force yourself to play through pain.
 

G Ron

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On the subject of fees for left backs, I’d argue Reguilon for £30m was a worse deal….
He’s just never been good enough whereas Ryan’s problem was a career-changing injury
Nonsense - Regi is a far superior player. Not even close.
 

Goobers

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Jul 29, 2011
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Lovely post / message from Ryan. I absolutely feel for this young man. I really hope he can manage to enjoy the next move in his career and make the most of it and stay healthy.
Particularly as I get a bit older and having kids of my own I always feel awful when young men and women have their dreams or careers disrupted by injury not of their own fault.
 

philll

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Aug 31, 2012
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No longer a spurs player

Now watch him be injury free for the rest of his career

He averged 11 games a season with us and I can only remember about 5 of them
One of them was in the Europa Conference League, he made a big noise about being "back" (did the pre-match press conference and everything) and got sent off.
 

Wheeler Dealer

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He needs a complete restart. Get fit., get game time and regain some confidence. Ipswich where expectations will be less maybe a good option
 
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