Rangers brought in two players from Tottenham over the summer.
MW: Spurs want their assets to learn about the world and come back from their loans as better players.— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) October 23, 2015
Whilst ‘learning about the world’ may be an overstatement, the kind of development that Oduwa and Ball will be getting with the Gers far outweighs the learning they would have done if they had stayed with Spurs.
Rather than being placed in the Under-21 side at White Hart Lane, playing alongside opposing young players, they have been sent to the Scottish Championship to play senior football, alongside some truly physical grown men.
Oduwa has been the real star at Ibrox this term, although with all his attacking skills he has come under criticism - and some tough tackling - from a selection of foreign players.
Ball has played less, and has had to wait for his chance in central defence behind first-choice partnership Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson, but a number of fans believe that the Spurs loanee should be ahead of Wilson in Warburton’s pecking order.
The quality of football might be low, but the kind of senior experience Ball and Oduwa will pick up in the Scottish Championship will be vital as they look to break into Tottenham’s senior side in the coming years.
They may not be learning about the world, but there are no doubts that the pair will return to North London as much better players than the ones who travelled north of the border during the summer transfer window.