The loan system can be an effective way to develop the brightest talent coming through the ranks at a football club. However, it can also be used for those that simply do not fit into the plans of a club’s hierarchy.
Tottenham Hotspur often make effective use of the loan system. With talents such as Harry Kane and Ryan Mason having spent time out on loan, it seems that particularly for the youth players, it can allow talents to progress away from the bright lights of the Premier League.
Although, it seems that some members of the Spurs squad currently away from North London are simply not in the plans of the manager, as is especially clear with the troubling case of Lewis Holtby.
Despite seeming to carry the passion of the fans on his shoulders, Holtby hasn’t found his preferred spot at the club. Under Andre Villas-Boas, the former Schalke midfielder played frequently, however his desired ‘role’ was never clear. With rumours in Germany that the player has already signed a deal to join current side Hamburg, it appears his loan is merely killing time before the Bundesliga side gather the required funds.
Tom Carroll has endured a rather turbulent period at White Hart Lane. Despite a few substitute appearances under Villas-Boas, the youngster has never matured to the ‘future captain’ labels placed on him. Making the most touches (123) of any Premier League player last weekend for Swansea City, the 22 year-old clearly deserve some plaudits. However with Ryan Mason flying high for Spurs, is there a future for Carroll?
Currently on-loan at Brentford, Alex Prtichard is yet another youth player that hasn’t quite developed enough for the first team. Holding on to a starting place for the Bees throughout August and September of last year, he has impressed whilst at the Championship side. After rejecting a permanent deal for the attacking midfielder from Brentford, is there a possibility that his future lies under Mauricio Pochettino?
Shaquile Coulthirst, dubbed the future Jermain Defoe, the striker has had lots of pressure piled onto him since his time at Spurs. With wicked pace and a deadly finish, the youngster has beaten off competition to remain one of the few young strikers currently at the club. However, with rising talents such as Shayon Harrison coming through the ranks, his current loan at Southend could become permanent.
Milos Veljkovic, yet another Tim Sherwood youngster to break into the Tottenham team. Grabbing a taste of the Premier League briefly in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa last year, the defensive midfielder was a late developer in Sherwood’s time at the club. With his loan at Middlesbrough going successfully so far, the former FC Basel youngster perhaps has the best chance of the bunch to break into the youthful Mauricio Pochettino side.
But which one will make it? You decide which of our current loan-stars has what it takes to continue at White Hart Lane, and become yet another talent to thrive under Mauricio Pochettino.