In amongst the madness of transfer deadline day, there were a few pieces of business that went largely unnoticed at Tottenham Hotspur, and by the end of the month Spurs had set up four interesting loan moves for talented youngsters at the club.
Before allowing Alex Pritchard to head go to Peterborough until the end of the season, Spurs also secured the attacking midfielder on a new two and a half year contract. There had been plenty of rumours that other clubs were interested in signing Pritchard when his contract expired at the end of the season, with Liverpool reportedly leading the chase, so signing him up to a new deal was a smart piece of business. Pritchard made his Peterborough debut from the bench at the weekend, and could be ready to make an impact on the Spurs first team as soon as next season.
Ryan Mason is another player who can’t be too far away from featuring in the first team. The attacking midfielder has been excelling in the youth ranks at the club, and has moved to French Ligue 1 side Lorient for the rest of the season.
Andros Townsend is a far more well known player than Mason and Pritchard, and Spurs will be delighted to have him gaining Premiership experience at QPR in the next few months. Townsend is cursed with competing for Gareth Bale for the left wing slot at Tottenham Hotspur, and giving him the chance to play regularly at the top level could be essential to his development.
Finally, Spurs also sent Souleymane Coulibaly out to Serie B side Grosseto. There is optimism about the young Ivorian’s future at the club at the moment, and this move is a real chance for him to impress and demonstrate the talent that made him one of the most sought after youngsters in world football in 2011.
Spurs have one of the most exciting youth set ups around at the moment, with their U23 and U21 teams excelling in the NextGen tournament and U21 Premier League. They will be hoping that that potential can become the core of their senior side in years to come, and the loan moves made this January could be a major part of that.
Which youngster are you most looking forward to following the progress of?