Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Cambridge United for the permanent transfer of Jubril Okedina.
The 20-year-old, who made his debut for the Spurs’ Under-18s in 2017, started at right-back in the first-ever game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the club’s youngsters defeated Southampton 3-1.
The versatile defender has been a consistent performer for the Under-23s over the last couple of seasons, impressing both at right-back and centre-back.
He joined Cambridge on loan in January, making 14 appearances for the U’s and helping the club to win promotion to League One.
Cambridge have now snapped up Okedina on a permanent deal, with the defender putting pen to paper on a two-year contract.
Okedina will be hoping to fast forward his development by getting regular football under his belt at the Abbey Stadium, with the defender admitting that he was happy to be back in familiar surroundings.
He said on completing the move (via Cambridge News): “I am very happy to be back.
“It just made sense for me to come back here with people I know and in a higher league.
“The conversations with the manager have been very positive and I can’t wait to get going now and to finally play in front of the fans.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It is quite normal to see a few academy graduates leaving the club at this stage of the season. In Okedina’s case, he is now 20 and well behind in the pecking order at Spurs. So, a move away is the right step for his career.
I suspect Tottenham might have wished to hold on to the youngster and loan him out but he might well have insisted on a return to Cambridge. Playing regularly in League One will certainly be very beneficial for his development.
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