Tottenham Hotspur have released 22-year-old striker Jeremie Mukendi after the player’s contract expired in the summer.

Mukendi came through the youth system at Tottenham but never made it to the first team. He made 25 appearances across the U18 and U21 teams, scoring three goals and providing four assists (Transfermarkt).

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Despite initial promise, injuries have hampered Mukendi’s development and he made just one appearance last season for the development squad (Transfermarkt).

Mukendi’s contract expired in the summer, but he decided to continue training with the club. According to sources at Football Insider, that agreement has now been ended and Mukendi will begin searching for a new club.

The youngster is born and raised in London, but is also eligible for DR Congo should he choose to pursue that avenue.

This move comes in spite of the poor form of the Tottenham U21 squad this season, which has seen the youth side fail to win any of their 12 games so far. It seems instead of adding to the squad to improve their fortunes, the club are offloading players from their development team.

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It’s always sad to see young players leave the club in this way, but such is the nature of football I guess. With injuries causing problems and appearances few and far between, it was always going to be a struggle for Mukendi to forge a career at Tottenham Hotspur.

Hopefully, he can find a club in a lower division that will give him first-team football and allow his development to get back on track. No one wants to see a player fail, so fingers crossed he gets an opportunity sooner rather than later.

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