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Jokanovic says Sessegnon does not need to start every game

last updated Thursday 30th August 2018, 9:01 PM

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First Team Head Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
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Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon
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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic reckons wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon doesn’t need to start every Fulham game.

Teenager Sessegnon was an eye-catching omission from the starting XI against Burnley last weekend, as the promoted Londoners chased their first top-flight win of the season.

Boss Jokanovic shuffled his pack after starting their return to the Premier League with back-to-back defeats — it was only the second time Sessegnon hadn’t started a league game for the Cottagers since the beginning of last season.

Sessegnon missed out on England’s Under-17s World Cup triumph last year because he was gaining experience as a regular starter for Fulham in the Championship.

He has been tipped for a bright international future, but was not included in the senior squad named on Thursday to face Spain and Switzerland next month.

Jokanovic said: “He is 18, with around 100 games in professional football. He doesn’t need to play all the games. Nobody does. In the end, he has played in all four competitive games this season.

“His potential is huge and 100 per cent he will be an important part of Fulham’s Premier League team. If he doesn’t start one game, it is not any tragic news.”

Sessegnon was the odd man out as Jokanovic opted for the on-loan duo Luciano Vietto and Andre Schurrle out wide against Burnley in a show of increased options this season after making 12 summer signings.

He added: “This is good news for me, for Fulham and for Fulham players, too. I try to make some competition in my team. I believe this situation is healthy for my team and for the players.

“It is important who starts but games you must win after 90 plus minutes. People must be available, happy and ready to participate in these important moments in different games.”

Source Adrian Kajumba at Daily Mirror
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