Tottenham news: Antonio Conte trusts ‘reliable’ Ryan Sessegnon to do a job in the Champions League

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte was not short on superlatives when discussing Ryan Sessegnon’s development ahead of Saturday’s derby with Fulham.

Conte has told the young first-teamers at the club to follow the example of "reliable" Sessegnon who he believes is now a 'reliable' option in any competition, including the Champions League. 

Nevertheless, before the player sets his sights on the European clash with Marseille on Wednesday, Sessegnon could earn a recall for Saturday's visit of his former club Fulham.

Last weekend against West Ham was the first time this season Conte has not used the wing-back, who started the opening matches of the campaign with Southampton and Chelsea before filling cameo roles against Wolves and Nottingham Forest.

The 22-year-old has made big strides during the past 12 months and is now viewed by his manager as a trusted option on the left, which is in contrast to Djed Spence, Pape Matar Sarr and Bryan Gil who are of a similar age to Sessegnon.

Conte said: "About Sess, we are talking about now a young player but a reliable player who I can count on for games in the Premier League or Champions League, for every game.

"You know very well I try in every game to make the right decision but in that role I am OK because I have (Ivan) Perisic and Sessegnon, two important players.

"He improved a lot and I remember very well since I arrived Sessegnon was another player. Now he is a reliable player and he has great confidence. He is strong physically and improved in his quality and technically.

"We are talking about a really good player, a young player that can become stronger but this is the difference between the other young players.

"We are talking about a player who played many games and is reliable for every game, not only for tomorrow or FA Cup, for every game he is ready."

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