Five Tottenham players out on loan who could make an impact on the first team next season

Tottenham Hotspur have players out on loan currently who may return in the summer and go on to push for a first-team spot

Tottenham's investment in the summer hasn't quite turned out to be as fruitful as hoped with many of their signings having underperformed.

In fact it seems as if they would have been much better off with Bale instead of the abundance of signings they made.

Nevertheless Christian Eriksen, Vlad Chiriches and Paulinho have shown they can be key players at the club, and others have shown improvements. There are still players who can push their way into the side who haven't featured at all this season.

Spurs have a handful of players out on loan and they could come back into the equation next season due to certain individuals that have underperformed in their absence.

Lewis Holtby

Holtby must surely still have a future at the club despite being farmed out on loan to Fulham. He was obviously disappointed at the lack of game time he was getting at White Hart Lane. It was down to the amount of midfielders on board at the club rather than disappointing performances from the German. Holtby has got stuck into the relegation battle at Fulham and has scored one goal and assisted two more.

Tom Carroll

Carroll is currently on his third loan spell away from Spurs and is playing for former manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers. Unfortunately for Tom the competition at QPR is also tough with Harry having a great deal of midfielders to choose from including Niko Kranjcar and Yossi Benayoun. Redknapp has always been a fan of Carroll and his run of games for QPR will give him a boost. He has also made seven appearances for the England U-21 side in the last year and would love to follow in the footsteps of Andros Townsend after his loan spell at QPR.

Iago Falque

The Spaniard first joined Spurs in the summer of 2011 on loan from Juventus and signed permanently the following January. However he has since spent the majority of his time out on loan. This season he has been playing in La Liga with Real Vallecano and last month scored two wonder goals that will surely have caught the eye of the Spurs staff.

Jake Livermore

Alongside former Spurs player Tom Huddlestone, Livermore has been great for Hull City in midfield this season. He has clearly shown he has what it takes to make it in the Premier League but again as a midfielder he has a lot of competition at Spurs. Huddlestone has almost made Tottenham regret selling him, especially for such a modest fee as he has excelled for The Tigers and they won't want to make the same mistake with Livermore.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto

It was a surprise to see Assou-Ekotto depart Spurs and especially to drop down to the Championship. The Cameroonian has always been a consistent performer for them and they didn't replace him in the summer transfer window. Danny Rose, Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen and Ezekiel Fryers have all filled the spot on the left-hand side throughout the season but none of them have made it their own. Assou-Ekotto could well return to the line-up again next season.

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