Experiences of Tottenham youngster Nathan Oduwa at Rangers offer pros and cons

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Nathan Oduwa is currently taking in a loan spell at Rangers.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Nathan Oduwa was once again inflicted to rough-hand tactics while playing for Rangers on Tuesday night.

Oduwa started for the Gers in their cup match against Livingston, but the youngster was withdrawn by Mark Warburton at half-time after a series of full-blooded challenges were put in on him.

The 19-year-old's natural skill in possession has made him an easy target for violent tackles during his time in Scotland to date, and there has to be a concern from Tottenham about whether the move is correct for him. 

Of course, there is an argument to suggest that the move should toughen the winger up, better preparing him for the rough and tumble of a potential future in the Premier League, but the way he is being targeted on the pitch means that he is at risk of picking up injuries.

It should be noted that Spurs should have no issue with Rangers. Ibrox is generally a wonderful place for youngsters to develop and Mark Warburton is an excellent manager at bringing prospects through. 

However, Oduwa is clearly being targeted in Scotland and Tottenham have to weigh up whether it is too big a risk to leave him in such an environment.

The fleet-footed winger has already been criticised for showboating and when Oduwa was being treated to robust challenges last night, a Berwick player tweeted that he would be given similar treatment if they ever met Rangers. 

It is a worrying attitude to take towards to a young footballer who is simply expressing himself when in possession.

Oduwa is a flamboyant talent, and to stop encouraging him to showcase his ability would only serve to reduce his threat. 

When the price of performing these tricks is petulant and dangerous challenges from opposition players, there has to be a worry about whether the move will be beneficial to the youngster's development, and Tottenham seriously need to weigh up the risks and rewards before deciding what to do next. 

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