When Tottenham Hotspur opened their new training centre last summer, they will have no doubt hoped that it would be an important boost to the performances of their youth academy sides just as much as their senior team.
This has materialised in the shape of their fine run in the NextGen tournament, as well as their table-topping form in the U21 Premier League. Excellent performances in these tournaments has naturally brought about plenty of interested in their youngsters, with Spurs sending out a slew of them on loan in the winter transfer window.
The final trio of those left for Swindon Town on Friday 29th March, when the League One side’s transfer embargo was lifted shortly before the loan deadline. Defender Nathan Byrne joined midfielders Dean Parrett and Massimo Luongo at the Robins, with all three making their debut in the 1-1 draw with Oldham. Christian Ceballos, who has been amongst the goals all season in Spurs’ youth teams, was also reportedly meant to join the others at Swindon before manager Kevin MacDonald called the move off.
Luongo and Parrett have both been important in the Spurs U21 side, with Luongo also making some appearances for Ipswich earlier in the campaign. Byrne impressed in a spell at Crawley in the first half of the season before coming back into Spurs U21 side in recent months.
All three will have a big part to play in Swindon’s end of season charge, with the Robins currently sitting fourth, two points of an automatic promotion place, and Spurs fans will be keen to see how three more of their talented young players get on when playing first team football at a senior level.
If the three impress, they will join plenty of other exciting youngsters who are looking to break into Spurs’ senior squad next season. Youth development can be tricky to manage in this regard, as without a route into the first team young players might well look to leave, but Andre Villas-Boas will view this as a good problem to have.
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