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Spurs whiz Sessegnon: Spotlight at 16 was tough

Ryan Sessegnon admits his breakthrough at Fulham as a 16 year-old was tough to handle.

Sessegnon arrived at Spurs as a big-money signing last summer but was injured until November and has so far made just six Premier League appearances and 11 in all competitions.

He is grateful to his parents for the level-headed approach helping him to shrug off the hype heaped on him since the age most kids were taking their A-levels.

“It can be tough," he told the Mirror. “For me, it probably started when I was 16 and I scored my first goal for Fulham.

“The spotlight was on me because purely because of my age. I'd become the youngest scorer in the Championship at the time.

"So from then on, you start realising that everyone is looking at you to see what you do on and off the pitch.

“That comes with its own pressure. Then there's the pressure that you put on yourself.

“But I would say I was mentally strong. Mature for my age as well. That's down to my upbringing, My parents always taught me to stay positive, calm.

"To remember where I'd come from. Not to put too much pressure on myself.

“With young players, you probably see that a lot. You almost try to take everything on your shoulders a little bit, when as a young player you shouldn't be allowed to.

“Before I'd probably taken on a role where you become almost the man of the family. It can be tough, mentally. And not many people see that."

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