Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic says the expectation levels on youngster Ryan Sessegnon are currently too high.
Sessegnon has been a constant in the Fulham first team for three seasons now since making his debut as a 16-year-old back in August 2016.
He was named as the Championship Player of the Season last term and was also touted as a potential England player for this summer’s World Cup.
However, that did not materialise and he has since been part of a Cottagers squad that has failed to replicate its form from the Championship in the top flight with Betfred pricing them at 10/11 to go straight back down this season.
He has been moved from left wing to left back and been part of a leaky defence which has conceded a league-high 28 goals in 10 games so far.
However, ahead of their crucial trip to Huddersfield on Monday evening, Jokanovic says there needs to be some realism around Sessegnon and that he cannot single-handedly help them escape their troubles (Huddersfield 13/10, Fulham 23/10, draw 5/2 – match result).
“In this moment, Ryan has some unnecessary high responsibility because many people are focused on this man and how he is going to save the team,” said manager Jokanovic.
“Generally, it’s not a job for Ryan Sessegnon and this extra pressure on this man is not necessary.
“We trust him, he is a quality man and he is always available to support his team-mates. We must expect other players to support him too and in this way.
“It will be easier for us and easier for him too.”
Sessegnon may have to settle for playing at left back once again with Joe Bryan still unavailable due to a hamstring injury (Sessegnon 5/1 to score anytime against Huddersfield).
Odds subject to change