Tottenham endured a tough Premier League season in 2019-20 – but could any of the players they let go have made a difference?
New signings like Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon failed to make the impact that would have been hoped, but what has come of the players they sold to finance that spending?
We’ve taken a look at the first-team and academy players who were sold or released in 2019 to see how they’ve fared this past season.
Trippier sought pastures anew after a difficult 2018-19 season at Spurs and completed a £21million move to Atletico Madrid.
The right-back has rejuvenated his career under Diego Simeone, providing four assists in 25 La Liga appearances in 2019-20.
“I have come to a different league and maybe the new challenge has woken me up,” Trippier told the Daily Mail in November 2019. ‘It was there [for everyone] to see last season that sometimes my concentration was lacking.
“I have said many times over the last 16 months that my defending needs to improve and before I came here people were questioning the move, but I didn’t have to think twice – it was coming to play for the perfect team [for me].
“If I play for Cholo [Diego Simeone], I know defensively I can improve.”
Janssen failed to live up to expectations during his three-year spell at Spurs and was sold to Mexican outfit Monterrey for £6million last summer.
The striker has since rediscovered his goal-scoring form in Liga MX, helping the club secure the league title in his debut season.
After underwhelming loan spells at Burnley and Monaco, Nkoudou joined Besiktas on a permanent deal.
The 25-year-old has been an ever-present for the Turkish side in 2019-20, scoring four goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.
Onomah came through the ranks at Spurs but signed for Fulham as part of the deal that saw Ryan Sessegnon move in the other direction.
And he played a crucial role in the Cottagers’ promotion to the Premier League, scoring a brilliant solo effort in the first leg of the play-off semi-final win against Cardiff City.
“He has scored some big goals,” Fulham manager Scott Parker said. “Josh is a young player who probably needed an arm around.
“He’s had a few coaches who recognised his talent. I had him as a baby [at Spurs] and recognised his talent.
“I’m so happy and proud of him. He could’ve folded at times but he stood up. He’ll become even better than what we’re seeing now.”
Could Fulham be returning to the Premier League 🔜?
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 28, 2020
Edwards failed to make the grade at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and was sold to Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes last summer.
The 21-year-old has built a decent reputation in 2019-20, providing seven goals and five assists in 26 league appearances, while also scoring against Arsenal in the Europa League.
He reportedly has a release clause of €15million and has recently been linked with moves to Tottenham and Manchester United.
Of course Marcus Edwards scores 👀
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— Football on BT Sport #Club2020 (@btsportfootball) October 24, 2019
Shashoua struggled to break into the senior team at Spurs and joined Spanish second division side CD Tenerife in search of regular first-team football.
But the 21-year-old has been limited to just three appearances in all competitions in 2019-20.
Oluwayemi was highly regarded at Spurs but decided to join Scottish side Celtic on a three-year deal last summer.
The 17-year-old goalkeeper went straight into their reserve team squad, with a view to working towards the first team in the future.
After falling behind Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga in the pecking order, Vorm was released by Spurs at the end of the 2018-19 season.
But a serious injury to Lloris saw the Dutch international brought back to the club on a short-term deal in October 2019.
The goalkeeper made just one first-team appearance in 2019-20 and was then released for a second consecutive summer.
Despite being an integral part of Spurs’ run to the Champions League final in 2018-19, Llorente was released by the club a few weeks later.
The striker joined Serie A side Napoli on a free transfer but has been largely kept in reserve, scoring four goals in 24 appearances in all competitions.
He was an unused substitute as Gennaro Gattuso’s side beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia final.
"Revenge for the Champions League final!"
Fernando Llorente pounces on a rare Van Dijk error to bag his first Napoli goal and become an instant hero at his new club! pic.twitter.com/omUucs0u8F
— Football on BT Sport #Club2020 (@btsportfootball) September 17, 2019
After being released by Tottenham, Duncan signed for QPR and spent the first half of the season with their Under-23s squad.
The 21-year-old then joined Scottish Championship side Dunfermline on loan in January 2020 but failed to make a single appearance for the club.
Freeman has been without a club since leaving Tottenham in 2019.
Glover failed to break into the first-team at Spurs and returned to his native Australia in 2019, signing for Melbourne City on a two-year deal.
The goalkeeper made 12 appearances in the A-League in 2019-20, keeping three clean sheets.
Reynolds joined Billericay Town on a free transfer in September 2019, linking up with former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara.
The left-back then had a trial at Sunderland before signing for non-league side Cheshunt FC in December 2019.
After two loan spells at Gillingham, Ogilvie joined the League One side on a permanent deal following the expiry of his Spurs contract in 2019.
The 24-year-old made 35 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20, winning their Player of the Season and Goal of the Season awards.
Harrison was a prolific goal-scorer at youth level for Spurs but was released at the end of the 2018-19 season after making just one first-team appearance.
The striker then joined Dutch second-tier side Almere City on a free transfer, scoring seven goals in 22 appearances in his debut season.
“Most of the people at the club speak English, which is good because I can’t speak a word of Dutch,” Harrison told us in March.
“I do think more young British players should go abroad – look at Jadon (Sancho), who is the perfect example.
“You grow up living by yourself, as opposed to being at a top club in England, where everything is done for you. It is a big step going abroad, but it has benefited me massively.”
Maghoma came through the academy at Spurs and was a regular in the Premier League 2 in the first half of the season.
The 19-year-old joined Brentford B on a permanent deal in January 2020 and is yet to make his first-team debut for the club.
Eriksen ended his six-and-a-half-year association with Spurs in January 2020, joining Inter Milan in a £16.9million deal.
The Denmark international has had a slow start to life at the San Siro, scoring just one goal in 17 Serie A appearances since leaving England.
“He has to hold down certain levels, but balance is needed,” Inter boss Antonio Conte told Sky Sport Italia in July. “He’s improving and he’s aware that he joined an ambitious club that is asking a lot of him.
“Expectations are high in Italy. The bigger the name you are, the more people expect from you.”
Oakley-Boothe was part of the England team that won the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup but made just one senior appearance for Spurs.
The midfielder rejected a new contract offer and joined Championship side Stoke City on a permanent deal in January 2020, making two first-team appearances for the Potters in his debut season.
Binks left Spurs in February 2020 and made the surprise move to Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact, who are currently managed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
“Some could see why I’ve done it, but some were saying, ‘Why has he done that?’” Binks told MLSSoccer.com in March. “I’ve got no regrets about coming to play first-team football at the age of 18. It’s better than playing Under-23 football in front of, I don’t know, 200 people.”
“I’m happy with my decision. I’m working under the coaching staff, playing with players that are so experienced in Europe and MLS. It’s a no-brainer to come here, really.”
The left-back made two first-team appearances in the MLS before the season was curtailed.
Wanyama joined Spurs from Southampton in 2016 but was plagued by injury problems during his final year at the club.
He followed in Binks’ footsteps by joining Montreal Impact in March 2020 and made his debut in the CONCACAF Champions League.