Tottenham haven’t enjoyed the best of luck when it has come to the loan market over the past two seasons.
In terms of incomings, Gedson Fernandes’ move to the club from Benfica in January 2020 didn’t turn out as planned and his deal was cut short so that he could seal a switch to Galatasaray at the start of February.
Clearly one to forget as he just didn’t have any impact on Jose Mourinho’s team in his 14 appearances for the Lilywhites, Spurs have also endured a number of woes in terms of players heading out of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on loan.
Last season Jack Clarke barely featured in separate spells at both Leeds United and QPR, with Kazaiah Sterling restricted to only four games for Doncaster Rovers due to injury.
Having a number of hits and misses in the market once again this campaign, one player who is really struggling for match action at present is Paulo Gazzaniga.
Dropping down the pecking order at Tottenham ahead of the 2020/21 season due to Joe Hart’s arrival on a free transfer, the Argentine was allowed to depart at the turn of the year for regular first-team football elsewhere.
However, that has just not happened at all since linking up with La Liga side Elche.
A substitute in only two of Tottenham’s games this season due to the goalkeepers ahead of him in the pecking order, Gazzaniga has been permanently glued to the bench in his short time in Spain with head coach Fran Escriba keeping faith with Edgar Badia.
Given Elche’s early exit from the Copa del Rey prior to Gazzaniga’s move to the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, there just appears to be no sign of a way into the XI unless Badia picks up an injury or Escriba decides to change his team up in hope of helping them stay in the division.
With 12 games left on the agenda for Elche in La Liga, including a number of relegation six-pointers, there’s a very good chance at present that Gazzaniga may indeed finish the season without making a single first-team appearance.
Allowed to move on a temporary basis to get some regular football under his belt, Mourinho and his Tottenham coaching staff will not be happy at all about their player departing and not playing a single minute thus far.
Following the woes they’ve endured in the loan market over the past two seasons, Gazzaniga’s exit will rank very highly in the list of disastrous loan moves unless things drastically change for him between now and May.
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Once the ex-Southampton man does return to the club in the summer then talks will need to be held over what exactly the future holds for him as he will be in the last year of his contract.
An area Tottenham are going to have to look at at some point due to Hugo Lloris’ age, they have some big decisions to make over their shot-stoppers as they look to plan for the future.
Quite where Gazzaniga fits into those plans remains to be seen, but one thing for sure is that everyone will be hoping his situation at Elche changes before he returns to N17 in the not too distant future.