Tottenham Hotspur loan review: Mason, Pritchard and Hall on fire at Swindon

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Jake Livermore, Bongani Khumalo, Adam Smith, Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard and Grant Hall all feature.

Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekoto’s loan deals to QPR earlier this week took the total number of players on loan from Spurs to nine.

Tottenham have one of the best youth setups in the country as well as a sensible manager in the form of Andre Villas-Boas who seems to know when it’s time to move some of his more experienced players on to get more football.

Here’s a summary of how the main Spurs stars out on loan are getting on.

Jake Livermore

Livermore is on loan at Premier League side Hull City for the rest of the season and he’s already had a very big impact for the Tigers.

The 23-year-old has made three appearances under Steve Bruce showing real quality in the middle of the pitch when he’s been given a chance.

It’s a shame for Livermore because the number of talented midfielders at Spurs means he had no other choice than to move on. He has the chance to prove his form and consistency giving himself a better chance of breaking into that midfield pack on his return to White Hart Lane.

Bongani Khumalo

Bongani Khumalo has made a very decent start to life in the Championship with recently promoted Doncaster Rovers.

The defender has started every league match he’s been selected for as well as making two starts in the League Cup, where he’s already bagged his first goal for the club.

If he can maintain his good start, stay fit and become a more complete defender during his time at Doncaster this season, he gives AVB a first team option that he may not have been expecting when he returns.

Adam Smith

Smith is another defender on loan at a Championship club, Derby County, but he’s not made quite such a good start to his loan spell.

He’s made just two starts in the League Cup and has appeared once as a sub in the league.

Fitness and experience seem to be the two motives behind this loan deal and it’s now down to the player to impress Nigel Clough as he tries to get more first team opportunities to prove his quality.

Ryan Mason

Swindon Town have enjoyed a great start to life in League One, as they close on a play-off place and they owe some of that good start to Tottenham’s 22-year-old midfielder.

Mason bagged a hat-trick in the 5-0 win at home against Crewe which shows just how potent he can be breaking from midfield to provide another threat in the attack of the side.

If he can improve on that, which is the only match where he’s scored this season, it can only mean good things as he draws attention from AVB.

Alex Pritchard

Pritchard is one of the best young midfield prospects in the country and a player who has also impressed so far this season with Swindon.

He seems like the sort of midfielder Swindon are using to control the tempo of their play, linking the back four with the midfield and the midfield with the attack.

The 20-year-old was at the centre of interest from several of the club’s Premier League rivals last season and that interest will only intensify if he continues to play well, making it important AVB keeps a very close eye on his good start.

Grant Hall

Hall is another player Spurs have sent to Swindon with the motivation behind this move for the defender likely to be the aggressive and physical nature of League One football.

He’s made seven appearances in the Swindon back four so far this season with the side conceding six goals in five League One fixtures so far.

Iago Falque

Falque is a left sided winger currently with La Liga side Rayo Vallecano until the end of the season. He’s made just one appearance for the club so far so it’s difficult to judge his impact.

Tom Carroll and Benoit Essou-Ekotto

Carroll and Essou-Ekotto are yet to make their debuts under Harry Redknapp at QPR.

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