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Aluko labels Liverpool target Sessegnon a 'phenomenon' but warns on decision-making

11:12 GMT+4 15/06/2017
Sone Aluko
The Nigerian is thrilled with the youngster’s meteoric rise but warns Fulham’s prodigy must ensure that he does not jump too early

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Sone Aluko claims Ryan Sessegnon is a ‘phenomenon’, but feels he must be wary of moving out of Fulham too soon amid talk of interest from top European teams.

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The 17-year-old defender enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Championship side, scoring five goals in 25 games – and he is being linked with a move to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

And Aluko is impressed with the prodigy’s rise to prominence but has also warned him not to get carried away else he hampers his development.

In an exclusive chat with Goal, the Nigeria international said: ''He's a phenomenon! I've never seen someone of that age play with such maturity and play with such understanding of the game.

''From where he is now, he could go on and be as good as any left-back as anyone has ever seen or at that age he might never fulfil his potentials.

''He's at a stage of his career where his decision making in his career and his drive and hunger to keep working hard is very important but he has a very bright future ahead of him.

''When I first joined Fulham in my first training session, I didn’t know how old he was because he did not stand out that he is that young. So his maturity; he can handle himself in professional men's football already at 16.''

''He's well ahead of his age. There is a lot of learning for him still and that would only come with playing games and gathering experiences. This is his first season of professional football,'' he continued.

''There's a lot more learning for him but already he is an exceptional talent. I think what is important for him is to keep progressing and he's progressed this year because he played regularly.

''So if he does go to a big club which is going to happen at some point, those big clubs loan players out all the time so he would eventually - if he goes to a Manchester City or Tottenham or Manchester United or wherever, would he play in their first team now?

''If he goes and doesn't play it doesn’t make sense. But if he goes there and goes on loan and plays regularly, it's still good for him. So there are a lot of options for him.

''When you are good, you have options. That’s why I say his decision making is very key for him. He shouldn’t interrupt his development.''