Former Tottenham academy striker Reo Griffiths completed a move to Doncaster Rovers on transfer deadline day.

Griffits was thought of very highly when he was coming through the age group ranks at Spurs and was described as the ‘next big thing’ in a report from The Sun back in 2018.

The striker rose to notoriety during the 2017/19 campaign, netting 27 goals in 20 games for Tottenham’s U18s (Doncaster Free Press).

That meant that clubs around Europe were sniffing around him and the youngster decided to join Lyon in 2018 in search of first-team football.

However, things did not go according to plan for the former Spurs man in France as he failed to make a single senior appearance for the Ligue 1 club in his three and a half years a the Groupama Stadium.

Griffits will now get a chance to get his career back on track in League One after Doncaster confirmed his capture on Monday.

The 21-year-old admitted that he is excited to get started on his new adventure at Gary McSheffrey’s side.

Watch the former Tottenham man’s first interview with Doncaster’s official website:

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Griffits’ experience should serve as a cautionary tale to youngsters that the grass might not always be greener on the other side and that leaving too early in search of first-team football could be detrimental.

For every success story like Noni Madueke or Marcus Edwards, who are thriving elsewhere, there are many youngsters who completely fall away after leaving a nurturing academy environment too early.


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