Opinion: Tottenham’s youth – to loan or not to loan

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Tottenham have become well known for their love of developing young home grown talent, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing ‘one of your own’ breaking into the first team, Harry Kane and Harry Winks springing to mind.

Japhet Tanganga has been the latest gem to come through the ranks with the young defender highly rated and tipped to be the next Ledley King amongst supporters, we can expect to see a lot more of Tanganga in the coming season either at right back or in his preferred centre back position. Jose Mourinho has frequently mentioned his like for left-back Dennis Cirkin (Football.London) and Oliver Skipp, while hailing Skipp as a future Spurs captain, a pretty big compliment for someone just 19 years old (Evening Standard). Young talent in J’neil Bennett who famously scored the first goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be another to keep an eye on, despite missing a chunk of the season through injury the versatile winger scored six goals in 10 games in the Premier League Under-18 campaign (transfermarkt).

With the new season in mind venturing out on another loan deal would bode well for Jack Roles, George Marsh and Luke Amos who have all benefitted last season, Amos enjoyed a successful season long loan at QPR featuring 34 times in the Championship (transfermarkt) after missing the vast majority of 2018 season with an ACL injury, could this be the season the 23 year old finally has his shot at first team football?

Troy Parrott’s loan to Millwall is a smart move for both parties, he has the makings of a great forward and is highly regarded but ultimately needs game time to get goals and build confidence with his last appearance coming against Norwich in the FA cup where he missed  a penalty. Jack Clarke joined Spurs at the end of the 18/19 season but was loaned straight back to his former club Leeds and onto QPR but managed a handful of appearances at both sides, Unsurprisingly for the winger another loan deal would be on the cards and hopefully somewhere he might actually feature. Ryan Sessegnon’s long awaited move to Tottenham finally came with a £25 million price tag last summer (ESPN), the 20 year old has only managed a total of six Premier League appearances (transfermarkt), with Jose being a big fan of Ben Davies (Football.London), it might be worth the young left back taking time away from Tottenham to rediscover his Fulham form.

Juan Foyth was a first team regular who if not starting, was always in the squad and seemed to have a lot of potential the more he settled into the role, a player rated by Pochettino but not seemingly by Mourinho. Injuries aside we have only seen the defender a handful of times, the out of favour defender will have to decide to fight for his place or look for pastures new. Another centre back who could be heading for the exit door is 22 year old Cameron Carter-Vickers, the USA international has been loaned out to Sheffield United, Ipswich, Swansea, Stoke and Luton since 2017. Although the multiple loan deals did work for Harry Kane and if given a chance to stay at Tottenham for the new season it would be make or break for the centre half to break into the first team.

 

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