Ryan Sessegnon spends the summer beefing up

Ryan Sessegnon spends the summer beefing up in an attempt to remain a key part of Antonio Conte’s plans as Italian tells the 22-year-old he wants to see a greater impact from him going forward

  • The wing-back impressed under Antonio Conte at points last season
  • He has made a great effort to improve his injury record and fight for his place 
  • Ryan Sessegnon says he has been going through double sessions every day 

Ryan Sessegnon has spent the summer beefing up his physique in a bid to improve his injury record and be ready to fight for his place at Tottenham.

He spent two weeks in Portugal with a personal trainer, in particular looking to strengthen the areas around his hamstrings, which have proved problematic in the last three years.

‘I had a solid two weeks just before pre-season started,’ said 22-year-old Sessegnon. 

Ryan Sessegnon said he had been having extra sessions in a bid to bulk up this summer

‘Double sessions every day, upper body, lower body and just running a lot. Free weights and squats, hamstring work, obviously, because of my history.

‘Last season I was getting these injuries because places around my hamstring wasn’t very strong.

‘So I’ve been doing stuff on my hips and my glutes to make myself stronger in every aspect and play more games, to have the capability to go up and down for the full 90 minutes. 

The wing-back will look to secure his future under Antonio Conte this season at Spurs

‘That’s my goal, to get through the season strong and play many games for Spurs.’

Antonio Conte has told Sessegnon he wants to see him make a greater impact going forward. He scored 15 goals for Fulham in their Championship promotion campaign 2017/18 but, three years after his move across the capital, is still waiting for his first Premier League goal for Spurs.

‘My aim this season is to score more goals and more assists,’ said Sessegnon. ‘I scored a lot of goals at Fulham so I just want to get back to that this season.’

The Italian manager Conte told Sessegnon he needed to be having more of an impact going forwards

He is also out to tap into the experience of Ivan Perisic, the 33-year-old Croatia winger converted into a wing-back by Conte at Inter Milan, who joined Spurs on a free transfer this summer.

Sessegnon said: ‘I can learn a lot from him technically, mentally and physically. He’s already helped me with little pointers, tips about the way affect the game more in an attacking sense and score more goals.

‘Being in the box at the right time more often when the ball’s on the other side, being smart, using my brain, communicating a bit more.

‘Whatever I can learn from him will help me in the long run. He’s scored a lot of goals in his career playing in that position.’

Sessegnon (left), alongside right-sided wing-back Matt Doherty, said he will look to learn from new arrival Ivan Perisic

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