Kevin McDonald piled yet more praise on Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon after the club’s academy graduate grabbed another brace to secure a fourth straight league win at Barnsley yesterday afternoon.
The Scottish midfielder, who deputised for Tom Cairney as skipper at Oakwell, hailed the 17 year old’s exceptional anticipation and finishing ability as he moved to eleven goals for the season – scoring twice in the second half as the Whites came from behind to move into the Championship play-off positions. McDonald told GetWestLondon’s Ryan O’Donovan after the final whistle:
He’s done very well, the kid is unbelievable to be honest with you. The ball just seems to fall to him every time, the defender’s made a mistake at the end and the ball has just fallen to him in the box.
At the end of the day, when the ball falls to him he has to have that composure and he does, he has it in abundance and every time he goes into the box you think he’ll have a good chance of scoring and fair play, each week he’s going to another level.
I’ve said it before and got asked what his best attribute is, and it’s his timing, it’s incredible, he knows where the ball is going to be before the ball even gets there. His timing of runs, timing of everything is really good and that obviously helps him a lot, plus he is physically in peak condition now for the season and he can just run for days.
Fair play to the boy, he’s kept himself grounded and he’s not letting the transfer talk get to him and keeps on scoring goals, so hopefully he stays with us and keeps scoring them.
McDonald, who stabbed home the vital second in the first minute of stoppage time, believes Fulham are able to mount a serious promotion push for the second season in a row – if Slavisa Jokanovic’s side continue the hard work that has seen them close the gap on the league’s leading sides.
I think, first and foremost, we need to give ourselves credit for what we’ve done here today and over the last few weeks. I think we were sixteenth at one point and now we’re sixth in the table, we have to give ourselves a real bit of credit for that and we’ve done incredibly, and now we’re in there we have to be even more hard grafting to stay in there.