Tottenham Hotspur’s loan system has had its successes and struggles in recent years and another group of players will head out next season.
Ahead of the new campaign, head coach Jose Mourinho, academy head Dean Rastrick and technical performance director Steve Hitchen will discuss which players are unlikely to get first team game and need to get those minutes elsewhere.
Some will be players who just can’t find a space in the current Tottenham squad and need game time before a slot opens up next season, others will be youngsters on the verge of stepping into the squad and the final bunch will be those unlikely to step into the first team but needing competitive match experience to help them in their careers.
Mourinho has already indicated that 17-year-old Dane Scarlett will be training with the first team squad and, because of his age, 16-year-old Alfie Devine is likely to do that the same rather than be sent out on loan. Another 17-year-old in Roshaun Mathurin could be the next one to catch Mourinho’s eye.
Spurs had 15 players out on loan at one point in the second half of this campaign.
With many international players likely to be missing from a chunk of pre-season, some of the younger players could get the opportunity to try to impress Mourinho in friendlies before a decision is made over any potential loan moves. Some may also be looking to earn themselves new contracts.
Here are ten players we reckon will be heading out on loan next season among others in the academy:
Whereas Oliver Skipp is likely to return to a squad with a space ready for him to challenge in the midfield as the transfer window throws up an exit or two in that area for Spurs, Sessegnon might find his path blocked.
The 20-year-old will have Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies still at the club, unless Real Madrid take up the opportunity to use their buy-back clause if the player is willing. Davies, versatile and a favourite of both Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino, is unlikely to leave unless an offer too tempting for him and the club came in.
Sessegnon has enjoyed a good season at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, getting plenty of minutes at left-back or wing-back, apart from an injury-enforced absence for a month in January.
It might be the case that the England U21 international sees how the land lies in the first half of the campaign before heading off in January if he’s not getting the minutes he needs.
Dane Scarlett’s presence means that the young ‘learning from others’ striker role in the squad is taken and the other back-up to Harry Kane, if not Carlos Vinicius again, will be a more experienced player than having two teenagers backing up the England captain.
That means Parrott will likely get another season out on loan to continue his development.
This campaign has not brought many goals – just the one so far – but it has provided him with plenty of experience of the difficulties of the senior game at first Millwall in the Championship and then Ipswich in League One.
The 19-year-old Republic of Ireland international has plenty of talent. He just needs to continue to develop and Kane will always be used as the example of someone who needed a number of loans to construct the player you see today.
Mourinho was pleased with Clarke‘s application and training this season and gave him some minutes in both the Europa League and FA Cup across three appearances.
To ensure he then got regular game time, the 20-year-old was sent out on loan to Stoke City where he been getting lots of appearances under his belt, with 15 so far in the Championship.
The young former Leeds winger will be looked at again in the summer, but the sheer number of players in his position at Spurs means he might need another season on loan to continue his progress.
Another academy player who caught Mourinho’s eye soon after he joined and got a couple of appearances under his belt in the Europa League and FA Cup, getting 90 minutes in the game at Marine in the latter competition.
White then headed out on loan to Portsmouth in January and is making his first tentative steps in the Football League, including heading home a superb first senior goal of his career against Oxford United.
Next season will likely bring another loan move for the 19-year-old to continue his education.
It didn’t take long for Lavinier to make his Spurs debut, coming in the Europa League after the former Chelsea man joined the club following a trial this season.
The 20-year-old, who can play across the backline, will be looked at closely by the coaching staff in the months ahead and over the summer.
If there is movement in the right-back slots then he may be looked at to step up and provide cover and if not then a loan move will likely beckon.
The talented 18-year-old left-back is another who could find his loan options decided by what happens in the first team.
Should Sessegnon get a move away for the season than Cirkin could be kept as the back-up to the current two left-backs.
However, if Sessegnon stays or it is decided that Japhet Tanganga can provide enough cover on the left, then Cirkin could get a move.
The teenager has had a tough year with injury and a family bereavement but has continued to be involved with first team training at times and hopefully the 2021/22 season will bring big steps forward for him.
After making his debut for Spurs in the Champions League last season, the 19-year-old centre-back has had a bit of a nightmare with injuries.
First a knee injury kept him out for months and then after getting back to fitness and earning a loan move to Dundee in the Scottish Championship, he suffered a hamstring injury last month that ended that adventure.
The teenager will be hoping for better luck with injuries this time around.
Another youngster who has had injury woes in recent seasons but this season has seen him step up to play more U23s football.
The 19-year-old left winger, who scored the first ever goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the U18s match played there as a test event, has plenty of talent and a loan move might just be the ticket to help his progress.
Yet another player who has been unfortunate with injuries as the 19-year-old central midfielder has been looked at closely by both Mourinho and Pochettino in recent seasons.
A calm head in the centre of the pitch, occasionally wearing the captain’s armband for Wayne Burnett’s Premier League 2 side, a loan move could be the boost he needs.
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Etete has gone under the radar somewhat since his £200,000 move from Notts County just under two years ago.
Now 19, the big striker’s first season was overshadowed by talk of Parrott and this time around it has been Scarlett.
However, Etete knows where the net is and this season he has scored eight goals and laid on two assists in his last 13 Premier League 2 matches.
That follows on from the nine goals and two assist last season for the academy sides.
The 6ft 4in striker’s height and frame means that Football League sides might just want to take a punt on him on loan next season and give him his turn in the spotlight.