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TOTTENHAM LOANEES: How have Spurs fared away from White Hart Lane?

Tottenham Hotspur have had success in sending players out to lower league clubs in recent years.

Such names as Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Ryan Mason have all spent time honing their craft elsewhere before coming back to play an integral role in the first team.

Tribalfootball has taken a closer look at those Spurs players who have been out on temporary spells and are still developing their game away from White Hart Lane with the view to forcing their way into Mauricio Pochettino's plans.


Alex Pritchard - West Bromwich Albion

The 22-year-old has been a work in progress at Spurs since he was initially called up to the first team in 2011.

A product of the North London club's Enfield youth academy, Pritchard has been sent out on loan on multiple occasions to further his development at first-team level.

This stint with West Brom, his fourth temporary tenure since 2013, has him involved at the same level as his parent club for the first time following spells in League One, the Championship and now in the Premier League.

Pritchard, who has previously been with Peterborough United, Swindon Town and Brentford, arrived at Albion in early February and has made just two appearances since.

He debuted for the Baggies with a half-time introduction in a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at St James' Park before a late cameo in the FA Cup loss to Reading later in the month.

The little amount of game time he has been given by Tony Pulis may stem from the nasty ankle injury he sustained while representing England at the U21 Euros in the summer.

Pritchard required surgery on the problem area in October which sidelined him for three months and he is only now beginning to gain any semblance of match fitness, which is the major reason why Pulis has kept him in cotton wool, apart from his two minimal yet promising contributions.

"Alex has come in and has tremendous talent," Pulis told the Birmingham Mail recently.

"He was injured at Tottenham for a long time so it's just making sure and I think Tottenham are concerned we don't push him too quickly too soon.

“The last thing they want is the kid to get injured again so it's just about being patient with Alex as much as anything else.

“He's trained well, he's worked well and he's desperate to be involved.

"But sometimes you have to hold them back and we have a responsibility to Tottenham for that."

After making such brilliant progress with both Swindon and Brentford over the past few seasons, Spurs will be hoping the attacking midfielder can string together some minutes at The Hawthorns in a bid to realise the potential that has some at White Hart Lane comparing him to Christian Eriksen.



Connor Ogilvie - Stevenage

Ogilvie joined Stevenage on an initial one-month deal in August which was quickly extended after a bright beginning.

More recently, after one or two other short extensions, Boro protracted the stay of the assured 20-year-old until the end of the season, such is the impact he has made at the Hertfordshire club.

Mainly deployed as a left-back, Ogilvie can also be an option in the centre of defence, which makes him attractive to Broadhall Way boss Darren Sarll who has started him in all of the six League One matches he has overseen since replacing Teddy Sheringham.

It was the Spurs legend who wanted to keep him around in February when his short-term contract had expired and Ogilvie felt at the time that things were tracking along well.

"From the feedback I have been getting, Spurs are pleased too," he told Stevenage's official website.

“They want me playing games and progressing which I have been doing so it was best for all parties."

To make over 20 appearances in England's third tier shows it has already been a successful stint for Ogilvie who will be eager to continue pushing Boro forward as they get set for a relegation battle which has them sitting eight points clear of safety.

Then it will be time to return to Tottenham and go about pushing Ben Davies and Danny Rose for a starting spot in Pochettino's XI.

Below is the goal that Ogilvie scored back in September which highlights his ability to get forward - something Pochettino requires from his full-backs.



Nathan Oduwa - Rangers and Colchester United

20-year-old Oduwa started brightly at Rangers at the beginning of the season but was soon a victim of the successes of the Glasgow giants.

The winger made 11 starts for 19 appearances in all competitions before the turn of the year, showing glimpses of his unbridled potential with his trickery and creativity.

His tricks were so elaborate that he even drew ire from Alloa Athletic defender Colin Hamilton who said in August: “I felt as if he was trying to take the p**s.

“He's trying to show off. I didn't even get the chance to speak to him after the game as he just walked off. I'm sure there are other centre backs and left backs that, if he does try that again, maybe won't let him away with it."

'Gers boss Mark Warburton was quick to defend the talented starlet though: “I'm not always a big fan of that! But you've got to hope you develop a real talent – and he is a real talent.

“I think he will go on to play for the Spurs first team. He's come here on loan to learn."

See the attempted rainbow flick below:


However, Warburton's side were in fine form and the Spurs youngster was cast aside as the 54-time Scottish champions power toward the Scottish Championship title.

Oduwa returned to Tottenham in mid-January and admitted it was tough to leave the famous club.

“My time at Rangers has come to an end," Oduwa posted on his Twitter page. “But I'd like to thank everyone associated with Rangers for making me feel at home both on and off the field.

“I want to wish the players good luck for the rest of the season and hope they get Rangers back to the Scottish Premiership."

Despite his failed trickery, Oduwa is also capable of producing the following:


He was then sent to League One side Colchester United where his progress has slightly stalled having made just two appearances for Kevin Keen's side who sit bottom of the tier three table.

Oduwa certainly has the talent to make it but must hone his craft into something of more substance if he is to take the step up to the Tottenham first team.

But it is clear to see that the youngster made quite the impression at Ibrox, as evidenced by these Tweets from 'Gers colleagues James Tavernier and Robbie Kiernan:



Christian Maghoma - Yeovil Town

The promising teenage defender was sent to Yeovil Town in late November but was on his way back to Tottenham just over a month later, having not featured for one minute with the Glovers.

18-year-old centre-back, whose older brother Jacques is a midfielder at Birmingham City, endured a frustrating time at Huish Park which was curtailed by injuries, prompting his initial spell to be ended upon its expiry in January.

At the time of his temporary move to League Two Yeovil, Maghoma learnt of former Spurs defender Steven Caulker's stint in Somerset back in 2009/10, which has seen him kick on and land a loan move of his own to Liverpool.

“I have been told how good he did when he was here and after that he went onto bigger and better things," Maghoma told BBC Radio Bristol.

"If I can follow his path I will be happy."

Unfortunately things did not quite work out for Maghoma at Yeovil and he is now back with the Spurs U21 side who sit 7th on the U21 Premier League table.



DeAndre Yedlin - Sunderland

The USA international endured a difficult start to life in England but has beginning to vindicate Tottenham's decision to take a chance on him.

The speedy 22-year-old full-back was plucked from MLS club Seattle Sounders following a rapid rise to the top in his homeland, which saw him go from college star with Akron Zips and then onto the Sounders U23s, culminating in being regularly selected by former Spurs star Jurgen Klinsmann in the US setup.

Yedlin featured in just 11 minutes of action for Spurs last season and with Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier ahead of him in the right-back pecking order, the time was right for Pochettino to send him out for much-needed game time.

Sunderland was the destination and following his arrival at the Stadium of Light in early September, Yedlin made just three appearances under Dick Advocaat, before the Dutchman was sacked a month later.

Sam Allardyce has been far more kind to the improving youngster, starting him 12 times, and it is paying dividends as he has helped the struggling Black Cats beat Manchester United, hold Crystal Palace and Southampton to draws, and lose narrowly to the in-form West Ham United over the past four weeks.

While Allardyce often uses Billy Jones ahead of Yedlin, the fact the American has gained some vital experience at the top level will surely hold him in good stead.

It will be interesting to see what happens now former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has signed a short-term deal with Sunderland who are clearly looking towards staving off relegation rather than giving chances to the likes of Yedlin who will return to North London having obtained some extra knowledge of just what is required to be a constant fixture in England's premium competition.

Andrew Slevison
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