It’s been a summer of change at Tottenham.
A new boss, as well as a new director of football, will likely lead to a newfound outlook. And with Nuno Espirito Santo taking charge of his first Spurs match against Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon, he got the opportunity to look at a number of those fringe players looking to make a breakthrough into the first-team.
As much as the club has changed behind the scenes, there’s a number of familiar faces on the Tottenham books, and it may have come as a surprise that some actually still play for the club.
Whether that’s because they’ve been out on loan or they simply haven’t played as much as expected, Espirito Santo will have to make a decision about these forgotten men, and pre-season could be a good way for him to do just that.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the players who may have slipped your mind.
Skipp, 20, took on his first real experience of regular first team football, playing week in, week out for Norwich in what proved to be one of the most successful loan moves in Spurs’ recent history.
The academy midfielder played almost every minute for the Canaries as they went onto win the Championship title.
Daniel Farke wanted to bring him back to Norwich for another year but Tottenham have high hopes for the youngster and he is set to be included in Espirito Santo’s plans for this season.
After being bought for £30m, the 21-year-old had a tough start to life at Tottenham.
He arrived with a serious hamstring injury picked up on England U21 duty which prevented him from playing until the final weeks of Mauricio Pochettino’s time as manager, and then got just half a season under Jose Mourinho.
However, football.london understands that during the advanced talks had with prospective new head coaches, it was made clear by Tottenham that they expected both Sessegnon and Skipp to push on in the first team squad this coming season, particularly at a time when homegrown players are becoming ever more important with squad limits.
After making his debut for Spurs as well as the Republic of Ireland as a 17-year-old, a lot of pressure was put on Parrott’s shoulders to be Harry Kane’s long-term replacement at the club.
Although he has since been loaned out to Millwall and Ipswich respectively, at just 19, he has plenty of time to live up to that expectation.
He’s likely to head out on loan again, but in Kane’s pre-season absence, he has a chance to show Espirito Santo that he is worth keeping around.
Clarke’s future at Tottenham will be decided in the coming weeks.
The 20-year-old signed for Spurs from Leeds United in the summer of 2019 but was sent back to the club on loan as part of the deal after Pochettino decided he was not quite ready for the Premier League.
He struggled for game time during that loan and then in a subsequent spell at QPR in the second half of the season.
However, during pre-season last summer Clarke impressed Mourinho with his attacking qualities and fitness levels so much so that he was handed a debut in the Europa League group stages.
football.london understands that there is interest in Clarke from two teams in the Championship and one club in Belgium about taking him on loan this season, but with Spurs’ involvement in the inaugural Europa Conference League, Espirito Santo could be tempted to use him sporadically.
With just 12 months left on his contract, Spurs will look to finally move Carter-Vickers on permanently after a long line of loan moves.
The 23-year-old central defender impressed in the second half of his loan spell at Bournemouth and will have plenty of admirers in the Championship, including the south coast side.
That being said, he is likely to be involved in Spurs’ pre-season fixtures.
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Source by Football London