It was just a throwaway line, but the future of Spurs star Iago Falque is under the spotlight after a report in the Metro claimed he is to be sold this summer.
The 'news story' was a link between Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel and Tottenham, a player they tried to sign back when Juande Ramos was manager.
In the last line of the report, which can be read in full here, it is stated:
"Tottenham are keen to add another winger to their ranks in the summer with the likes of Iago Falque and David Bentley both set to depart."
There's no elaboration, nothing, which makes it a little odd to us. The last time we checked, Falque was a promising prospect with very much a future at the club, and not somebody who deserves to be lumped in with David Bentley, who will be departing this summer.
Falque is currently on loan at Spanish second division side Almeira, which was not the most high profile of destinations, but one which has allowed him to play regularly in a competitive side which are pushing for promotion.
Almeira sit third in the Segunda Liga, with the top two in with a chance of promotion, so the intensity of the situation could be very good for his development. It's why Spurs have loaned him out, not to raise his potential market value.
Prior to his loan, Falque was on the fringes of the first team, impressing in the League Cup and the under-21s. In seven games in the youth side, he scored an impressive five goals and assisted five.
In fact there is a very good argument as to that Falque should not have been loaned out, and should have been kept on and used in the second half of the season, especially with Townsend also loaned and the over-reliance on the wing play of Gareth Bale and the injury-prone Aaron Lennon in the position.
Over in Almeira he has impressed. In seven games he has scored once and provided three assists. Playing competitively will do wonders for his confidence and experience, and Spurs should get back a better player next season.
This is our counter to the Metro's claim. It does not seem logical that Falque will be moved on even if a new winger arrives. The Spaniard deserves another season to see if he can crack the first team as this season he has shown very good signs indeed with regard to his progress.
What do you think of the report? Does Falque have a future at the club?
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