Marcelo Bielsa has an uncanny knack of unlocking his players’ potential.
Just look at how he’s transformed some of his squad at Leeds United, turning the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling from mid-table Championship players, into bona fide Premier League stars.
Away from Leeds, he’s also helped develop some players who are now plying their trades at the very highest level, with PSG’s Ander Herrera and Man City’s Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy benefitting from the Argentine’s coaching.
One man who certainly needs this type of treatment is Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon.
The former Fulham man’s development has stalled over the past two years or so. A poor Premier League campaign with the Whites ended with relegation. This was swiftly followed by a move to Spurs, where he hasn’t really been able to establish himself in the first-team.
Sessegnon was once thought to have all the potential in the world, taking a clean sweep of the Championship end of season awards as a 17-year-old, before being tipped for an England call-up at a very young age.
However, it hasn’t quite worked out like that for Sessegnon, he has played just 12 games since joining Tottenham for £25m, and he’s in danger of being another hyped up youngster who slips through the net.
Luckily, he may soon get an opportunity to play regular football with Spurs reportedly looking to loan him out, and according to The Athletic, Leeds United are one of the interested parties.
With the likes of Brighton, Southampton and Hertha Berlin also in for the youngster, he’s seemingly spoilt for choice in terms of where he spends this season, but he should be pushing for a move to Leeds ahead of any of these other clubs.
Bielsa has been hailed as the best coach in the world by Pep Guardiola, and with the Argentine not having much depth on the wing, while also playing incredibly attacking full-backs, there should be a role available that Sessegnon can flourish in at Elland Road.
If El Loco can have the same sort of effect on Sessegnon as he has on other players in the past, this could end up being the most important season of the 20-year-old’s career, and he should be desperate to play under the Argentine.