Midfielder plays U23 match for Spurs even though he is meant to be out on loan

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Tottenham midfielder Nile John returned to the club to play an U23 match this week, despite being out on loan with Charlton.

John is thought of very highly at Tottenham, having already made two appearances for the first team, both of which came in European competition (Transfermakrt).

The 19-year-old midfielder had been in terrific form for Spurs’ Under-23s this season, having scored seven goals and three assists in Premier League 2 before his loan move (TransferMarkt).

However, the youngster did not play a single minute for the Addicks and was consistently left out of the matchday squad altogether.

Football Insider reported last month that the League One club had promised Spurs the teenager would get regular minutes at the Valley and the North London club’s hierarchy were ‘furious’ at the way the midfielder had been handled.

It is unclear as to whether Spurs have decided to cut John’s spell at Charlton short and recall him to the club, with the youngster starting for the club’s Under-23s in their Premier League 2 clash against Derby County on Monday.

Tottenham’s Under-23s emerged 1-0 winners thanks to a 45th-minute strike from Jamie Bowden.

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This loan would have dented Tottenham’s relationship with Charlton, and one would not expect the North London club to loan any of their youngsters out to the Addicks for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, John’s confidence is not affected too badly by the experience. 

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