Tottenham Hotspur have just completed their worst piece of summer transfer business in selling Ismail Azzaoui

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Selling Ismail Azzoui could be a big mistake for Tottenham.

Player sales has been a strong point of Tottenham's transfer window to date, with unwanted stars like Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul moved on.

Yet their decision to cash in on youngster Ismail Azzaoui is a woeful piece of business, with no sporting merit.

Spurs bought the teenager one year ago from Anderlecht, and quickly saw him become one of the brightest talents in their academy.

The 17-year-old made a big impact in the FA Youth Cup semi-final run, scoring six goals along the way.

The Mail confirmed yesterday that Azzaoui has been sold to German side Wolfsburg - who have money to spend from the Kevin de Bruyne deal.

Yet this is where Spurs are looking at it wrongly.

While they have no doubt made a profit on the youngster, that will count for little if he goes onto become a world star.

He was Belgium's standout player at the recent under-19 European Championships, and made his first start for Tottenham's under-21 side just this August.

Champions League side Wolfsburg have not ruled out bringing him into their first team this season, which says everything about how exciting a talent he is right now.

Apart from a quick buck, Spurs have gained nothing from this sale, instead passing up the chance to bring on one of the most talented wingers to grace their academy in recent seasons.

Now fans will monitor his development from afar and wonder what might have been.

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