October 12, 2022
The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham news and links for Friday 15 April

Hello and Friday, hoddlers. It’s been three days since your conductor has seen his garbage barrel. He has two overflowing garbage cans in his house. Please help.

Ryan Sessegnon hasn’t looked as prodigious at Tottenham as he did at Fulham since signing for the north London side in 2019. In the years since joining Spurs, he has played for three managers , was sent on a season-long loan to a non-English speaking country at the height of Covid-19 and suffered a series of injuries.

Let’s remember: Sessegnon is now just 21 years old.

ESPN published an interview with Sessegnon a few days ago where the Spurs player opened up about jumping from manager to manager and working under Antonio Conte.

It was the first interview where Sessegnon talked about seeing a psychologist, which he does today as he pursues hamstring recovery. The Spurs winger said he had been looking for an adviser during his loan spell at Hoffenheim.

“I wasn’t doing what I was doing before, so I started talking to someone about the mental side of the game and how doubts can creep into your mind, distract you and bring you down. So it was more about bringing self-confidence and positivity into your thoughts,” he told ESPN.

He suffered a string injury in his budding football career, and it’s worth noting again how young he is – Sessegnon is 21. How difficult must it be for someone even younger to move to a foreign country, feel their career derailed and be managed by no less than four different coaches?

Sessegnon has made 27 appearances for Tottenham since his arrival, compared to 29 for Hoffenheim. Conte said on Thursday Sessegnon was ready to start against Brighton on Saturday, and hopefully Sess can get his groove back.

And it looks like Conte has had a positive effect on Sessegnon since the Italian joined Tottenham last year. Conte didn’t select the Roehampton native when he first signed on as manager but appears to have confidence in Sessegnon after a few setbacks.

“When you have someone who is so passionate about the game, it rubs off on you,” Sessegnon said. “He’s a perfectionist.”

With Sessegnon now ready to start again and a major set of edits to come, it’s the perfect time for him to cement his place in Conte’s plans.

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And now for your links:

Antonio Conte works his magic at Spurs and it starts with fitness

Athletics ($$): Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg divides more than any other

Scotland-Ukraine World Cup qualifiers scheduled for June 1

QPR fined £5,000 for the incidents of the loss of Fulham

Premier League clubs clash UEFA planning Champions League wildcards

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