Tottenham Hotspur have loaned promising attacker Iago Falque out to Spanish club Almeira.
After being linked with moves to a number of Championship clubs earlier this January, Tottenham's exciting midfielder Iago Falque sealed a switch last night.
His choice of destination may raise a few eyebrows, not that he has chosen to move on loan to his native Spain, but the fact he has not joined a club in La Liga.
He is heading to Almeira, who play in the Spanish Liga Segunda Division - equivalent to the Championship to me and you.
Of course fans want to see him play against strong opposition, but surely a more pressing issue is for him to get regular football.
He is more likely to get that at Almeira, who are currently second in the league, occupying an automatic promotion spot.
Falque likely had two choices, join Almeira, fighting at the top of their division, or hold out for a move to a struggling side in La Liga.
Which would be best for his development? Playing first team football in a highly technical Spanish second division will be of huge benefit, and important for his learning curve.
Rather than having his confidence knocked by being in and out of a struggling side, he will get to play with a side full of it, which should be a far more healthy and enjoyable experience.
Manchester United have seen the damage a loan to a side battling relegation can do to a player's development in past seasons, with Federico Macheda at both Sampdoria and QPR.
Spurs are acting wisely to send Falque where he can play regularly, and learn new skills to add to his game.
He has been an integral part of the club's under-21 side this season, who topped their regional section in the league, helping them through to the next stage of the nationwide tournament.
Falque has also played in the League Cup and Europa League, looking bright and impressing on each occasion, but has failed so far to make the transition to the first team, in his second season at Spurs.
He is clearly not quite in Andre Villas-Boas' plans just yet, so it makes sense to let him go and play first team football at a higher standard than the under-21s.
This move has all the signs of being a good one for him, he is going there with a clear goal - To play regularly and help his new side get promoted - And if it all works out Spurs will get a new and improved player back for pre-season, ready to kick on and make the first team.
Will the move be good for Falque? What do you think of the choice of club? Would you have rather he stayed in England?
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