In the summer of 2013, Tottenham Hotspur released a number of Academy players, including Colombian striker Victor Zapata-Caicedo.
The then-18-year-old had shone on a number of occasions for Spurs’ youngsters, scoring hat-tricks against both West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City while also netting a brace against Sunderland – a club who would later take him on trial.
Given Zapata-Caicedo’s skill in front of goal, it was surprising Tottenham waved him goodbye, even with the presence of a number of other young forwards who were keeping him out of the under-21 side, including of course Harry Kane.
The Colombian’s trial with the Black Cats did not pan out and 18 months on from his Tottenham exit, the 20-year-old is currently on trial with League One side Scunthorpe.
He made an appearance for Scunthorpe’s reserves but could not prevent them from losing 4-2 against Gateshead earlier this week; this after previously failing to win a contract at Portsmouth after a brief spell on the South Coast.
So for now at least it looks like Tottenham made the right decision in parting company with Zapata-Caicedo. But still only 20, he will one day hope to prove them wrong.