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Fulham's Tim Ream insists players won't get Ryan Sessegnon anything for his 18th birthday

  • Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon will celebrate his 18th birthday on Friday 
  • Sessegnon scored the opener against Derby in play off semi-final second leg 
  • Fulham take on Aston Villa at Wembley in play-off final on May 26 

Ryan Sessegnon's Fulham team-mates will not be buying him a present for his 18th birthday on Friday – but have promised him gifts galore if he gets a goal at Wembley next week.

The 17-year-old scored the opener against Derby County in their play-off semi-final second leg on Monday night then assisted Denis Odoi for his headed winner at Craven Cottage.

With Fulham now one win from promotion to the Premier League, defender Tim Ream has described Sessegnon as the 'quietest kid' despite him being tipped for superstardom.

Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon will turn 18 on Friday but won't get presents from team-mates

Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon will turn 18 on Friday but won't get presents from team-mates

Fulham will take on Aston Villa in the play-off final at Wembley on May 26. 

'He has done some incredible things this season,' Ream said. 'There is no doubting his talent, his ability, his work-rate and his attitude. It's something you don't often see with young players.

'He's completely different to any of the young players who are up and coming, in every aspect of his game. He's the quietest kid I've ever met.

'At 17 he's so quiet, so different to all these other 17-year-olds. I liken him to a sponge. He takes everything on board, he listens.'

Fulham defender Tim Ream was full of praise for Sessegnon, who has excelled this season

Fulham defender Tim Ream was full of praise for Sessegnon, who has excelled this season

Asked what the team will get him for his birthday this week, Ream answered: 'Nothing! Nothing at all. If he scores at Wembley I'm sure we will get him something.

RYAN SESSEGNON'S SUPERB SEASON 

Championship – 46 games, 15 goals, 6 assists

Championship play-offs – 2 games, 1 goal, 1 assist 

EFL Cup – 2 games

FA Cup – 1 game

Total – 51 games, 16 goals, 7 assists 

 

'I don't see why playing at Wembley is going to be any different for him. I've never seen a kid so calm in the face of you media types. And he doesn't yearn for the limelight. He doesn't want it.

'Or rather he does not ask for it. He just goes about his business and does his own thing. He's taken everything as it has come this year and done it like a 35 year old veteran. It's amazing.

'You don't go 23 games unbeaten without being confident. We knew we had to turn the tie around (against Derby) in whatever way we could. The job is not finished.' 

Sessegnon, who has been capped by England at U21 level, has been tipped to break into the England senior squad, although it is anticipated that he won't be called up until next season.

Possessing speed and flair in abundance, Sessegnon frequently torments opposing defenders with his bursts down the left flank, while he is also dependable defensively.

The youngster broke into the Fulham first-team at the start of the 2016-17 campaign and hasn't looked back as he has continued to develop apace. 

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