Tottenham prospect Grant Hall's loan cancelled, defender made scapegoat?

Birmingham City have cancelled the loan of Tottenham defender Grant Hall.

Birmingham City and Tottenham Hotspur this week cancelled the loan of defender Grant Hall by mutual consent.

Hall was a peripheral figure at Birmingham, and Tottenham clearly felt there was little value in him staying at the club.

Birmingham certainly had little use for him, with the defender not used once by manager Gary Rowett after his mid-season appointment.

Hall was liked by former boss Lee Clark, but was perhaps a little bit of a scapegoat at Birmingham - his last game for the club was playing 90 minutes the 8-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

Rowett had no confidence to entrust Hall with a starting spot, and Hall has only made the bench once since that late October defeat.

Hall spent time more successfully at Swindon Town last season, and while its unlikely he will get opportunities upon his return to Spurs, he at least now has a chance to clinch a fresh loan move and start again.

His Birmingham experience is unfortunate because under new boss Gary Rowett the team have been thriving, and instead of having his confidence rebuilt from the heavy defeat and been re-integrated into the line-up, he was simply moved aside.

At 23, Hall's contract at Tottenham expires at the end of the season, so he is at a critical point of his career and needs to prove over the next few months whether he should get a perhaps unlikely extension, or show enough out on loan to earn a permanent move elsewhere.

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