Colchester United boss Kevin Keen praises Tottenham Hotspur youngster Nathan Oduwa

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Tottenham Hotspur youngster Nathan Oduwa has had his loan spell at Colchester United cut short.

Colchester United boss Kevin Keen has praised Tottenham Hotspur youngster Nathan Oduwa in the Gazette, after his loan spell at the Weston Homes Community Stadium came to an end.

Oduwa joined Colchester on loan from Spurs earlier in the year, but he only made two appearances for the Essex side.

The 20-year-old's temporary spell ended last week, just prior to him joining up with the Nigeria under-23 squad over the most recent international break.

And Keen said: “We weren’t sure whether to keep him or not and he did OK, but he then got called up for Nigeria Under-23s which meant he would miss a couple of games.

“We just decided in the long run that it would be better for him to go back to Tottenham.

“He’s a great lad with a great work ethic.

“He did Tottenham proud in the chances that he did have.

“He has a great attitude and he’ll have a good career but it was just with the Nigeria thing and him going off to Brazil, it sort of made our decision for us.”

Oduwa has now been on two loan spells this season, with mixed success.

The skilful attacking midfielder first moved on a temporary spell at Rangers, where he made a positive initial impression before dropping out of favour.

His move to Colchester has not been quite as successful, and he returns to Spurs fighting for his future.

Oduwa is reaching an age where the Lilywhites will have to decide whether he has the ability to make the grade in their first-team or not.

Oduwa leaves Colchester with Keen’s side sitting in the League One relegation zone.

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