Opinion: Analysing and rating the performances of four on loan Spurs starlets

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With the EFL season coming to an end and the Premier League not far behind, many of Spurs’ youngsters will be returning to their parent club.

Some have performed admirably, whilst others have gone quiet. Therefore, I thought I would analyse four youngsters who were sent away from N17 this season: 

Oliver Skipp 

Sometimes, it can be very easy for loan moves to fail, but this was not one of them. Words were running out to describe Skipp’s performances this season, as his Norwich side stormed to the title. 

This season, Skipp performed in a sensational 45 games (transfermarkt), missing only one Championship match over the campaign. All 45 of these came from the CDM position where Skipp showed his abilities to the full. 

The youngster was able to win the ball back, drive forward and find pinpoint passes on several occasions. Throughout the season, he continuously won Norwich’s player of the match award, however, this may have been slightly affected by Spurs fans! 

There’s no doubt that his performances were sensational, so where does he go from here? 

Personally, next season, Skipp should be within the first team fighting alongside Hojbjerg. In traditional Spurs fashion, Skipp picked up an injury (metatarsal fracture) near the end of the season (Football.London), however, I’m sure he will come back fighting.  

Out of 10, I would rate his season 9/10. 

Troy Parrot 

Unfortunately, we now go from delight to misery with this Irish youngster. With Skipp at the top end of the scale, it seems as though Troy was at the bottom.

This season, Parrot played for two EFL clubs in the form of Millwall and Ipswich. At Millwall, Troy performed below par with 0 goals in 14 matches for the London side (Transfermarkt).

Meanwhile, when he moved to Ipswich in January, who are a league below Millwall, Troy still continued to struggle with just 2 goals in 18 games (Transfermarkt). 

However, this might not have been entirely Troy’s fault. This season, Millwall scored just 47 (BBC), whilst Ipswich scored just 46 (BBC). Therefore, this suggests there is an underlying issue at both clubs, which wouldn’t have been the Irishman’s fault. 

Next season, I would like to see Parrot gain more experience at a free-flowing Championship side. This would allow us to see if Troy really does have the potential to go right to the top. 

Out of 10, I would rate his season 3/10. 

Ryan Sessegnon 

I may have given the men at the helm stick in the past, however, the decision to loan Sessegnon to Germany has been nothing short of superb.

This season, Ryan has played 21 times in the Bundesliga (Transfermarkt), in a side that has been fighting for a top-half finish.  

His performances have improved considerably, whilst also allowing Sessegnon to improve his body build, something that is very common at German clubs.

If you compare a picture of Sessegnon this year to last year, you can see a clear difference in muscle. Hopefully, this is something that will help him improve his performances, especially if they’re at left-back.  

Just like Skipp, I would love to see Sessegnon back within the N17 squad. His potential at left-back is growing and when you have a stagnating Ben Davies in the team, it’s clear that Ryan deserves a chance.  

Out of 10, I would rate his season 7/10. 

Jubril Okedina 

Some Spurs fans may not have heard of this defender; however, this youngster has great potential. In the January transfer window, Jubril moved to League 2 contenders Cambridge United in an attempt to help them with promotion. 

During his spell at the club, he played 14 times for them (transfermarkt), playing a big role that eventually saw the club promoted on the final day. 

I’ve always seen Cambridge as a second-team to support, therefore I’ve had the opportunity to watch Okedina several times through iFollow 

The 20-year-old possesses great confidence on the ball, something that can be hard to find in defence. He also had the ability to put in a clean tackle, something that gives me true hope for the future.

Personally, Okedina was the best centre back at a club finishing second in League 2, which makes me believe he could have a small part to play at Spurs. 

Next season, I would like to see Okedina at a League 1 club to show even more of his talents. Being slightly biased, I hope to see Okedina back in black and amber colours for Cambridge, however it may be unlikely. 

Out of 10, I would rate his season 7/10. 

Some of these performances show Spurs have a special academy, however it must be used correctly. Honourable people who I could have mentioned included Harvey White, TJ Eyoma and Shilow Tracey, all of whom have shown some promise.

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