The 17 players sent out on loan by Tottenham in 2020-21 & how they fared

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After a promising start to the season, the 2020-21 campaign didn’t quite go to plan for Tottenham as Jose Mourinho was eventually sacked by the club. 

While any new manager will demand that Daniel Levy spends money on new signings, they’ll also inherit a squad with some talented young players, some of whom gained valuable experience out on loan over the past year.

We’ve taken a look at the 17 players Spurs sent out on loan in 2020-21 to see how they fared.

Troy Parrott

Regarded as one of Tottenham’s best young prospects, Parrott decided to join Championship side Millwall in search of regular first-team football.

The striker had a difficult spell at the Den, picking up an ankle injury on his debut and failing to find the back of the net in 14 appearances in all competitions.

After being recalled by Spurs in January, he then dropped down to League One with Ipswich Town, scoring twice in 18 games.

Timothy Eyoma

Having seen his loan spell at Lincoln City cut short in 2019-20, Eyoma returned to the League One side ahead of 2020-21.

He established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet under Michael Appleton, making 51 appearances in all competitions as they narrowly missed out on promotion.

“I’ve loved every minute of it,” Eyoma told football.london in May. “I’ve developed as a player and I’ve played games at both right-back and centre-back. I really feel that this has been a good season for me.

“It has helped me just been in the right positions really. I feel like I can handle the ball and I’m quite fit, so I can play in the right-back role.

“In the earlier part of the season I played right-back and then towards the second part of the season I played centre-back. Both positions have helped me really and seen me improve as a player overall.”

Oliver Skipp

The Spurs loanee to attract the most intrigue in 2020-21, Skipp has shown why he’s so highly rated during his time at Norwich City.

He started 44 of their 46 league games, helping the Canaries win the Championship and make an instant return to the top flight.

The midfielder was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season and could be set for a chance in the Tottenham first team in 2021-22.

“Oliver Skipp is an incredible talent and one of the most professional guys I have come across in the academy,” Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason said. “He has had a fantastic season so I’m sure those conversations will be had over the summer. I think Skipp is ready, personally.”

READ: ‘Future England captain’ – What’s been said about Oliver Skipp at Norwich

Jack Roles

During loan spells at Burton Albion and Stevenage in 2020-21, Roles made just five appearances, totalling 121 minutes.

On his return to his parent club, it was confirmed that the midfielder will be released at the end of June 2021.

Shilow Tracey

Signed from Ebbsfleet United in 2016, Tracey failed to break into the first team at Spurs and joined Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan deal in September 2020.

Despite scoring a hat-trick against Crewe in the EFL Trophy, he found game time in League One difficult to come by and was recalled in January.

The winger then had a temporary stint at Cambridge United, making 17 League Two appearances as they won promotion, although the majority of those were off the bench.

He’ll become a free agent in the coming weeks and has been linked with a move back to Cambridge United.

Juan Foyth

After struggling for game time at Tottenham, Foyth completed a loan move to Villarreal, linking up with former Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

He made a slow start to the season but eventually became a key player for the Spanish side, making 32 appearances in all competitions.

The Argentina international produced a brilliant performance in their Europa League final win over Manchester United, nullifying the threat of Marcus Rashford on the left flank.

Villarreal are reportedly keen to keep him and could exercise their £13million option to sign him on a permanent basis.

Ryan Sessegnon

The latest in a long line of English players to head to the Bundesliga, Sessegnon joined Hoffenheim on a season-long loan deal in October 2020.

He was a regular fixture at left-back and left wing-back, registering two goals and two assists in 28 appearances in all competitions.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself here in my time in Germany as a person and as a player as well,” Sessegnon told The i in April.

“I’ve adapted to the new coach [Sebastian Hoeness], the new environment, the language [and] the German culture in terms of training, recovery and analysing, which is a bit different to England.

“I’ve adapted well and I’ve learned a lot about my game offensively and especially defensively, in terms of positioning and being more aggressive.”

Kazaiah Sterling

Sterling joined League One side Southend United on a three-month loan deal in October but injury problems restricted his availability.

Half of his 12 appearances were off the bench and his solitary goal was a consolation in a 6-1 defeat to Colchester United in the EFL Trophy.

The striker then had a brief spell at Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton but started just three games for the club. He will now be released by Spurs at the end of his contract.

Joshua Oluwayemi

One of three goalkeepers on this list, Oluwayemi made just one appearance during his loan spell at National League side Maidenhead United and returned to Tottenham at the start of January.

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Despite joining Bournemouth on loan in October, Carter-Vickers had to wait until January before making his debut for the club due to injury problems.

The USA international eventually regained full fitness and started 23 games in the second half of the season as they reached the Championship play-off semi-finals.

According to The Atheltic, Bournemouth have already enquired about bringing the defender back to the club on a permanent deal.

Chay Cooper

Having started his career at Southend United, Cooper returned to his former club in October to get some playing time with their Under-23s.

The 19-year-old didn’t do enough to earn a new contract at Spurs and will be released at the end of 2020-21.

Jubril Okedina

The defender signed a new contract at Spurs and got his first taste of competitive football on loan at Cambridge United in the second half of 2020-21, helping the promotion winners keep six clean sheets in his 14 League Two appearances.

Jack Clarke

After disastrous loan spells at Leeds and QPR in 2019-20, Clarke hoped to get his career back on track with Stoke City in the second half of 2020-21.

The winger showed glimpses of his talent and provided two assists in six starts, only to then suffer a season-ending Achilles injury at the start of April.

Harvey White

White played in the Europa League and the FA Cup under Jose Mourinho before completing a loan move to Portsmouth in January.

He netted the winning goal on his first league start against Oxford United and made 22 appearances as Pompey finished eighth in League One.

“The games at Spurs definitely helped me in making a dream come true and then going on loan to Portsmouth, which is another massive club, getting the opportunity to play there and learning with some top players and top managers, I’ve just loved it,” White told Tottenham’s official website in June.

“It’s been a massive learning curve – in a really positive way.”

Brandon Austin

Having spent the second half of last season at Danish side Viborg FF, Austin then headed to America with Major League Soccer side Orlando City in January 2021.

The goalkeeper is yet to make a senior appearance for the club but his loan deal has been extended until the end of the calendar year.

Malachi Fagan-Walcott

After missing the first half of 2020-21 due to a serious knee injury, Fagan-Walcott joined Scottish Championship side Dundee FC on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

The defender made two appearances for the club before a hamstring injury brought his loan spell to a premature end.

Paulo Gazzaniga

Following Joe Hart’s arrival, Gazzaniga found himself further down the pecking order at Tottenham and completed a loan move to Spanish side Elche in February 2021.

He initially started on the bench but got a run in the team towards the end of the season, keeping two clean sheets in eight La Liga appearances as they narrowly avoided relegation.

The 29-year-old will be released at the expiration of his contract and has already been linked with a move to Aston Villa.


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