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Bristol City nearing Sessegnon loan

Fulham full back Steven Sessegnon is poised to join Bristol City on a season-long loan, according to reports this afternoon.

The newly-promoted Premier League club are keen for their promising right back to gain further first-team experience after breaking through into the senior side last season. The 20 year-old, who was handed his league debut by Scott Parker in a 2-1 win at Huddersfield last August, made fifteen appearances for the club last season, but was largely used as a substitute in the closing months of the campaign.

Several Championship sides were keen to take Sessegnon on loan, but it appears that Bristol City have won the race to sign the England youth international. Fulham are targeting bringing in a new right back ahead of their return to the top flight and Sessegnon, who won the World Cup with England’s under 17 side in 2017, would not be assured of regular football at Craven Cottage.

Bristol City seeking Sessegnon loan switch

Bristol City are aiming to take Fulham full-back Steven Sessegnon on a season-long loan, according to reports this morning.

New City boss Dean Holden has made adding a right back to his squad one of his top priorities during the summer transfer window after Pedro Pereira’s loan from Benfica finished at the end of last season. Fulham are open to letting their academy graduate go out on loan to add his development but are yet to make a final decision on Sessegnon’s future, with their squad having only returned to pre-season training at Motspur Park yesterday.

Sessegnon, who made fourteen appearances as Fulham won promotion via the Championship play-offs last season, appears unlikely to gain further first team football at Craven Cottage this term with Denis Odoi and Cyrus Christie ahead of him in the pecking order and the Whites reportedly eager to bring in another right back before the start of the new campaign. The 20 year-old wouldn’t be short of suitors should Fulham decide to send him out on loan with Swansea City, managed by Steve Cooper – who had Sessegnon in his England Under-17 side that won the World Cup in 2017, and Reading also apparently monitoring his availability.

Sessegnon, the twin brother of now-Tottenham winger Ryan, has long been regarded as one of Fulham’s brightest young talents. He made his professional debut in a League Cup win at Wycombe Wanderers under Slavisa Jokanovic in 2017 and was handed a first league start by Parker in the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield last August. He has made 21 senior appearances for Fulham, who have turned down several approaches from Spurs for his services over the past few years.

Mitrovic and Kamara to miss Charlton clash

Fulham forwards Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara will miss tonight’s trip to Charlton Athletic.

Mitrovic damaged ankle ligaments in the recent win at Hull and is expected to be out until next month, while Kamara has played no part since the home defeat to Reading on New Year’s Day.

Fulham will assess winger Anthony Knockaert, who went off with a hamstring injury during Friday’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough. Defender Terence Kongolo could make his debut after completing his loan move from Huddersfield, but head coach Scott Parker has doubts over Steven Sessegon, who has injured a thigh, and midfielder Harrison Reed, who is managing a calf complaint.

Parker absolves Sessegnon of blame

Scott Parker took responsibility for Fulham’s defeat by Nottingham Forest yesterday – refusing to blame young full back Steven Sessegnon after his mistake left the Whites 2-0 down.

Sessegnon’s lapse in judgement allowed Sammy Ameobi to set up Lewis Grabban for his second of the afternoon to leave Fulham facing an uphill task to get something of the game. But Parker told the press that the mistake resulted from his own instructions to his defenders to play the ball out of the back and that no blame should be attached to the teenage full back on only his third league start for the club.

Parker felt Fulham were good value for a point against Forest, despite being punished for a sloppy start, when Grabban opened the scoring inside five minutes.

I felt like we controlled the game and were in control. But we started slow. I was disappointed with how we started the game to be honest. The first 10 to 15 minutes were on the back foot a little bit. On another day we control the game as much as we did there today and the chances would come. The chances didn’t come our way today.

I always felt comfortable in the way in which we were playing. In the first and second half we played well but for the second goal the mistake came from us. I take responsibility for that, because it’s the way I want us to play and that can happen sometimes. Steven has been top since the day he’s walked in pre-season. It’s his third game and mistakes happen. But, like I said, it’s not Steven Sessegnon’s fault. It’s my fault, if anything. I take full responsibility for that.

Aleksandar Mitrovic did pull a goal back with eight minutes to play, but despite concerted Fulham pressure, the home side couldn’t find an equaliser.

The longer the game went on nobody was leaving the stadium. I don’t think there were any Fulham fans in there who would think we would come away with nothing. We went to a back three and tried to push more bodies further up the field. But nothing came.

Arise, Sir Steven

I’m sure many of you had a brother or sister growing up- but if you didn’t, let me describe it to you. I was one of four, and EVERYTHING was a competition in my house. Particularly with my younger brother as we were only 18 months apart, everything from tying shoe laces to eating dinner was completed with a highly competitive edge. It was carnage at times! I’d imagine that the rivalry between siblings is only intensified when you are a twin, so I’m sure there were some battles inside the Sessegnon house when Ryan and Steven were growing up. I reckon the twins loved getting one over on the other in a friendly way, but I also reckon that both boys spurred each other on, encouraged each other and essentially made each other better players.

However, while I think that the twin dynamic has benefitted the boys, I’d imagine that sometimes it must have been tough for Steven when he was watching Ryan take steps in his career at a quicker pace. What we have seen in public has been a real mutual respect and love between the boys, but I’m sure it wasn’t always easy, even if Steven has never shown it! He maybe felt in his twin’s shadow at times, but now it’s time for him to step out and make his own mark in the footballing world.

Many of us have been calling for Steven’s inclusion in the team for a year or so but apart from a few cup appearances, we were left frustrated. But finally, on a cold and windy night in the North West, exactly two years on from Ryan’s debut in the same league, we got to see Steven in action- and what a league debut he had. I was massively impressed with what I saw from him, particularly in aiding the attack. He maybe drifted to the left a bit more than we would want from a right back, but I don’t think that’s the position he has played most in so it’s OK to take some time to adapt. Like Ryan, he is a very hard worker, and also had to confidence to pass the ball around with pace. In attack he had the Huddersfield defence worried on several occasions and was very unfortunate not to come away from the match with an assist. Without his endeavour to get the ball into the box, we wouldn’t have clinched our second goal so he had a rea;;y positive impact on the result. He looks much more able in that position than Denis Odoi and Cyrus Christie so he should soon cement his place there.

It may have came two years after Ryan, but we all take our own routes in life and there is absolutely no shame in that. This is Steven’s time, and I’m buzzing to see what he has in store for us.

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