“Unlucky” Steven Sessegnon certainly has his work cut out to make Fulham’s first team.
Whites boss Marco Silva admits the 21-year-old defender has been unfortunate, but Sessegnon’s progress since his Championship debut in 2019 has faltered.
“He has competition (at right-back) – and not just one, two or three players,” Silva said.
“Unfortunately, even in this short time I’m here, he’s got some small injuries that are stopping him.
“He’s not a player who can keep stopping (and hope to progress), and even before me he got injuries and Covid as well.
“These last two days, he didn’t work with the team again. He has to try and keep fit and work as hard as he can.
“He cannot be in and out every single week, because if he wants to match his team-mates in this position he has to work really hard.
“He’s been unlucky, and he has quality, but he needs to show this every single day.”