Tottenham star Ryan Sessegnon reveals secrets behind body transformation as he bids to put injury troubles in the past
RYAN SESSEGNON has beefed up over the summer in a bid to end his injury woes and become a Tottenham regular.
The England Under-21 star has had hamstring trouble for much of his time in North London.
He did start the final six games of last term though and is determined to stay in Antonio Conte’s first team, so much so that he spent most of the off-season pumping iron.
Sessegnon, 22, said: “I used the off-season as an opportunity to get muscle into my legs – and my top as well. If you can see the difference then obviously it’s worked!
“I did it to make myself stronger and play more games, to have the capability to go up and down for the full 90 minutes.
“That’s one of my aims, to play most games available this season.
“It will help for sure, 100 per cent, because last season I was getting these injuries because places around my hamstring wasn’t very strong.
“I’ve managed to work in the off-season doing all this stuff on my hips and my glutes to make it stronger in every area.”
Sessegnon did double sessions for two weeks out in Portugal in June, lifting free weights, doing relentless squats and lots of running.
That was before the punishing pre-season Antonio Conte and his coaching staff put the wing-back and the rest of the Spurs squad through while on tour in South Korea last week.
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Sessegnon was notably more buff for all the extra weights training he has done.
It will stand him in good stead ahead of his battle for the left wing-back role with new signing Ivan Perisic.
The Croat, 33, joined on a free transfer from Inter Milan this summer and comes with a wealth of experience having won the Bundesliga, Serie A and Champions League, as well as scoring in the 2018 World Cup final.
Perisic has already been passing on his knowledge to his direct rival for a starting spot since arriving.
Sessegnon explained: “I can learn a lot from him technically, mentally and physically.
“He’s already helped me with little pointers, tips about the way to 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.
“It’s healthy competition but 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. It can only help me going forward.”
Sessegnon’s personal target this term is to improve his output in the final third.
The youngster was known for his threat in the final third with Fulham but has no goals and only two assists in the Premier League for Spurs.
He added: “More goals and assists will keep me in the team so that’s my aim.”
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