Pochettino explains Oduwa's Tottenham situation after ending Rangers loan, won't play tonight

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His Rangers loan deal is over, but what does the future hold for Nathan Oduwa at Spurs?

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told the Hackney Gazette that winger Nathan Oduwa will be given a chance to impress.

Oduwa, 19, has come up through the ranks at Spurs, and having enjoyed a loan spell with Luton Town last season, he was farmed out on loan again, joining Rangers for a season-long spell back in August.

The winger initially impressed at Ibrox, flashing pace, direct dribbling ability and a penchant for remarkable skill during some dazzling displays in the early stages of the season.

However, Oduwa gradually moved down the pecking order at Rangers, with some fans frustrated with his lack of end product - something manager Mark Warburton seemingly agreed with, given Oduwa's reduced role of late.

Now, Oduwa's loan spell at Ibrox has been terminated early, meaning he has returned to White Hart Lane five months ahead of schedule, with another loan departure possibly in the pipeline.

Given the progress and development of young players at Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentine has been asked about Oduwa's situation upon his return to Spurs.

Pochettino has told the Hackney Gazette that if Oduwa impresses with the Under-21's, he will earn the chance to play in the first-team squad, and believes the wide man has improved a lot since signing for Rangers - but claims he won't be involved in tonight's FA Cup tie against Leicester City.

"It’s a decision now he’s back and maybe he has the facility to stay to train with us or with the Under-21s, but if he maybe deserves to stay in the squad, why not?" said Pochettino. "He’s improved a lot in the last six months. Could he be involved at Leicester? No," he added.

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