Irvine turns to Sessegnon
West Bromwich Albion boss wants more from his Beninois playmaker Stephane Sessegnon.
The Albion will be welcoming Manchester United to the Hawthorns on Monday night as they attempt to stun Louis van Gaal’s side.
New manager Alan Irvine wants his West African attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon to step up to the plate and take more risks.
The Benin international has operated as a Number 10 in the Baggies’ last three matches and has begun to show signs of an encouraging relationship with Anglo-Burundian forward Saido Berahino.
“He is the type of player who is only effective when he’s playing with confidence and self-belief because what he does is hard,” Irvine began, speaking to the Express and Star.
“Players that run with the ball and go past people have the hardest job, and I’m not talking as a member of the wingers’ union!” he continued.
“He’s got to believe in himself and be somebody who wants the ball and thinks ‘I can do this’.”
Irvine is convinced that Sessegnon can be a key operator for the Midlands-based club, “He’s in the team to open the door for us.
“I would always encourage people like Stephane to take people on and run with the ball. All he’s got to do is pick the right moments.
“It would be madness for him to think he’s going to do it every time he gets the ball for a few reasons.
“Firstly you let everyone else know that’s what you’re going to do so they’re ready for it, but also the circumstances won’t be right most of the time. He will be encouraged to do it, but at the right moments.
“If you haven’t beaten your man a couple of times when you’ve tried, those little seeds of doubt just start to come in and before you know it you can’t do it.
“Beating people is an aggressive action and you can only really be aggressive when you’ve got a positive mindset.”