Ryan Sessegnon has all the ability required to play in the Premier League, according to Fulham team-mate Ragnar Sigurdsson.
Sessegnon enjoyed a breakthrough season at Craven Cottage in 2016-17, playing 25 games in the Championship and scoring five goals from a left-back position.
Fulham were unable to reach the Premier League – Reading defeated them in the play-offs after a sixth-placed finish – but reports suggest that Sessegnon could make the jump this summer.
Both Liverpool, who Goal revealed are interested in the defender, and Tottenham have been heavily linked with bids for the 17-year-old, and Sigurdsson is so sure of his quality that he has expressed his surprise that no bids have already been tabled.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, the Iceland international said: “One hundred per cent (he can play in the Premier League), he's a great talent, he just turned 17 and he played more than half of the games this season, he scored a lot of goals.
“He has a very bright future.
"I’m just surprised he didn't get any offers during the season. I think he was that good. There's no surprise there (in reported interest)."
Fulham swept into the play-offs due to an excellent late-season surge in form, winning six of their final eight games, and Sigurdsson is sure that he and his team-mates have the ability to reach the Premier League next time around.
“I'm always looking forward. What’s done is done,” he added.
“Of course, we were all disappointed for maybe one or two weeks after the game but now I'm on a new mission so all my hope is on the national team now.
“I haven't really spoken to the guys much since we parted. I just came straight home and started training with the national team but I'm very sure the ambition of the players and the club is to be a Premier League team because we showed we can play magnificent football, so I definitely think that's the ambition."