Three years after release by Tottenham, Victor Zapata-Caicedo returns to English football

Former Tottenham academy striker and Sunderland trialist Victor Zapata-Caicedo has returned to England.

Former Tottenham Hotspur academy star Victor Zapata-Caicedo is bidding to relaunch his career in England.

The Colombian was released by the club in 2013 despite showing promising ability, and went onto sign with Czech side Banik Ostrava.

He was one of a number of potential future strike stars at Spurs along with Harry Kane, Shaq Coulthirst, Jon Obika and Souleymane Coulibaly, but did not make the cut, allowed to leave at 18.

Now 21, he has returned to English football with Welling United, making his debut for the non-league club at the weekend, and almost netting moments after coming on after getting into a dangerous position.

After his release from Tottenham he went on trial with Sunderland, for who he had a goal disallowed on his opening appearance, and later try outs for Scunthorpe and Portsmouth, but ended up moving abroad to sign with Czech side Banik Ostrava instead.

The move did not pan out as he hoped, with the striker struggling for regular game time. After seeing former Spurs pal Souleymane Coulibaly return to England with Peterborough last season after an ill-fated spell in Italy, Zapata-Caicedo began pushing for a comeback too.

Over the past few months he has been negotiating with Banik Ostrava to get his contract terminated and to receive international clearance, and trained with non-league Welling to keep his fitness up.

This all came through last month, and as a free agent the 21-year-old signed a short-term contract with Welling until the end of the season to get some game time and potentially put himself in the shop window.

He is hoping to earn a move to a Football League club this summer and kickstart his career.

From the outside looking in his exit from Tottenham was a strange one. Then 18, he netted a hat-trick in April 2013 against Sunderland, only to be allowed to depart and go on trial with the Black Cats weeks later.

While he has not exactly proved Spurs were wrong so far, he is planning to make the most of his second chance and build on the raw potential he clearly has, and a goal or two before the end of the season would certainly help his cause.

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