Former Liverpool and England star Stan Collymore has cited Tottenham Hotspur duo Ryan Mason and Harry Kane as the perfect example of how the current loan market should be used.
Collymore argued on talkSPORT last night that the difference between their loan spells away from Spurs and loans from other Premier League clubs, is that Spurs did it with the intention of getting them back.
“Ryan Mason and Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur are the perfect example of how loans should work,” he said live on talkSPORT.
“Tottenham loaned them out with the intention of getting them back – Other clubs loan out players because it’s lucrative and they get loan fees.”
Mason and Kane have developed into two of Mauricio Pochettino’s most valuable players and their development can be put down to the spells they have spent away from the club accumulating experience and first team games.
Mason may have surprised some Tottenham fans with the speed of his development this season to the point where he’s being used in the side’s midfield for big games against some world class players.
Kane’s form can be summarised simply; he’s the club’s best striker at the moment.
Both players have spent time in divisions below the Premier League, which is useful because of the greater physical nature of the game in the Championship and League One, and also because it’s helped them respect their relationship with smaller clubs and support bases.
“All credit must go to Pochettino for giving them a chance,” added Collymore.
Collymore recently suggested that Kane would be part of the England side at the Euros in 2016 alongside Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney and part of his current momentum has been created by his early education away from Spurs.
Tottenham are one of the Premier League’s big boys who uses their own youth players rather than accumulating and stock piling them and for that, they rightly deserve Collymore’s praise.