The midfielder would be wise to heed the example of teammate Andros Townsend
Hull City manager Steve Bruce may be keen to complete permanent move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jake Livermore but the 23-year-old would be wise to consider his options carefully before agreeing any transfer.
The Tigers boss has been full of praise for the Enfield-born player, who is on a season-long loan at the KC Stadium in what is the seventh move of this type untaken by the player while on the books at White Hart Lane.
It represents a frustrating turn of events for the midfielder, with Livermore previously enjoying a run in the Spurs team under previous manager Harry Redknapp, completing 38 appearances in league and cup for the club, with the team finishing fourth and earning his first England cap in the process against Italy.
But any momentum generated from that campaign came undone the following the year as the youngster made just eighteen appearances in all competitions with new manager Andre Villas-Boas preferring to rotate his options.
This term Livermore opted to go out on loan for the first time since the 2010-11 season with Leeds United and it’s a gamble that could yet pay off.
Bruce, for one, has already expressed his admiration for the midfielder and his desire to secure his services in the long-term.
“I would love to keep Jake if I could, so we’ll have to see if there is a deal to be done,” he told reporters.
“I haven’t asked yet, but we shall do our utmost to see if we can make it permanent.”
Should he continue to perform well and Hull stay up, then the opportunity to play first-team Premier League football could be too much to resist.
But Livermore would be wise to take a leaf out of Andros Townsend’s book.
The 22-year-old looked destined to drift out of contention at Tottenham before a string of fine performances at Queens Park Rangers convinced Spurs to keep hold of the player.
Months later he was scoring for England and grabbing the attention and the headlines at White Hart Lane.
Livermore may not play in the same position as Townsend but he will surely be acutely aware that a little self-belief, some fine performances and a never-say-die attitude could yet pay dividends for his Tottenham future.
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