Released/retained players confirmed

Following my article from a month ago, Spurs have now confirmed their released and retained players lists as per Premier League rules.

There are a few points of interest:

  • Spurs confirmed the release of Michel Vorm (35), Dylan Duncan (20), Charlie Freeman (19), Tom Glover (21), Connor Ogilvie (23) & Jamie Reynolds (19) have all left the club.
  • Spurs did not confirm the release of Fernando Llorente (his contract expires at the end of the month); however, he is noted on the released list.
  • Spurs include new signing Kion Etete on their retained players list. He has joined from Notts County, and is 17, so in the same age range of next year’s 2nd year Academy scholars. However, he joins Troy Parrott and Harvey White has second year scholars who already have professional contracts.
  • Spurs have given new contracts to Jack Roles (20) and Japhet Tanganga (20).
  • Spurs have also offered new contracts to Shayon Harrison (21) and George Marsh (20).

That last bullet point was perhaps the biggest surprise, as many youth watchers expected both to move on, though Marsh has been included in many of Mauricio Pochettino’s match-day squads so perhaps he has kicked on behind the scenes or just has something that Pochettino admires.

I am very pleased that Roles and Tanganga have been given contract extensions as both are players I like and who I think — at the very least — will hold some value in the future. I would expect both to be sent out on loan next season.

I had thought that Jonathan De Bie and Brandon Austin were out of contract this summer based upon contract details listed on the web, but either that information was incorrect or options to extend their contracts were triggered.

Spurs’ other young signing, 15-year old goalkeeper Isak Midttun Solberg (from Bryne FK), is not listed, as he is joining the Academy as a first year scholar.

I still suspect a number of other Development Squad players to move on permanently this summer as the club makes space for the large second year group who have now become professionals. The other alternative is to make full use of the loan system which would be a shift in policy.

Finally, if you are interested in what Kion Etete is like, here are a couple of videos of the young striker in action:

A hat-trick for Notts County reserves.

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