The Europa Conference League is the least of Nuno Espirito Santo’s worries at Tottenham at present, but Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge believes the competition could end up benefiting Joe Rodon and Ryan Sessegnon.
How have Rodon and Sessegnon behaved this season?
In short, it’s a familiar story for the pair since leaving Fulham and Swansea respectively.
Only in Sessegnon two appearances this season actually arrived in Europe when he started both play-off matches against Pacos de Ferreira. However, he failed to impress in any of those games and is yet to feature in the Premier League this season.
To add to the 21-year-old’s frustrations since crossing London, he is injured again and missing the chance to gain valuable minutes in the Conference League group stages.
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Rodon is making the most of his opportunity in Europe, however. Injuries kept him sidelined for the first few weeks of the season, but he did himself justice as a substitute against Crystal Palace and then in Spurs’ group stage opener against Rennes earlier this this month.
The Welshman didn’t play a minute in the defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal but is set to start against Mura at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, and with Santo’s side at six and seven defensively in recent weeks who knows where a good performance could take it.
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What did Bridge say about the Conference League?
When asked for his thoughts on the inaugural contest, he told GIVEMESPORT: “On the plus side it could be great competition for Ryan Sessegnon, Gollini it could work out well. Joe Rodon could end up leading the team.”
How seriously will Spurs take the Conference League?
Santo’s squad selection in their 2-2 draw with Rennes suggests the competition will hold some significance for Spurs’ season.
But whether it’s the strength of his starting XI in France was due to injuries, their need for confidence or their desperate desire to win a trophy – even if it was a third-rate trophy – remains to be seen.