Tim Sherwood has claimed William Troost-Ekong has enjoyed a ‘very good career’ after being released by Tottenham as a teenager at academy level. 

The 28-year-old, now plying his trade at Watford, has featured regularly in the Hornets defence since joining the club last season, which continued after their return to the Premier League this term.  

However, Troost-Ekong’s most recent performance saw him at the centre of attention against Brentford last Friday as he conceded a stoppage-time penalty. 

The spot-kick was dispatched confidently by Bryan Mbeumo to complete a late Brentford comeback, despite Watford leading for the majority of the encounter in West London.

Sherwood later commented on Troost-Ekong’s moment of madness in the penalty area and labelled his decision-making an issue, but praised the defender’s work since being released by Spurs in 2013. 

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday (December 11, 12:10pm), he said: “He’s not going through a good period, at the moment. He has made a couple of mistakes.

“The one where he ducks under the ball against Leicester and Jamie Vardy is right there behind. A few rash decisions.

“Decision-making has been his problem. I think he has done brilliantly. I had him as a 17-year-old at Tottenham, and to be fair to him, he got released.

“He has gone away. He has had a career and he has had a very good career. But sometimes you have to stop making rash decisions, certainly, with experience, you would expect them to get it out of your system.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Troost-Ekong was one of a large number of players that were let go from Spurs having been deemed not good enough, but it is good to see him finding regular minutes at a club in the Premier League. 

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