Djed Spence frustrated, Ndombele suspended, Lo Celso assist and Tottenham starlet text exchange
It has been a week of mixed success for Tottenham’s large group of loan players at their various clubs around the continent.
Spurs have currently got 11 first team squad players plying their trade out on loan at clubs across England, France, Italy and Spain until the end of the campaign and all of them have had varying degrees of success and minutes away from the north London outfit this season.
Here’s exactly how all of those Tottenham players got on over the course of the past seven days.
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Young Lo Celso (Villarreal)
Lo Celso continued his impressive return to full fitness and form with another assist for Villarreal as they lost 2-1 at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday.
The Argentine got a full 90 minutes to his name for the first time since the injury that stopped him participating in Argentina’s successful World Cup campaign.
With the visitors 2-0 up after the hosts spurned a number of good chances, in the second half Lo Celso laid off the ball to former Spurs midfielder Etienne Capoue and he rifled home a shot from outside the box but Villarreal could not find a leveller.
Lo Celso had received plenty of praise for his part in Villarreal’s impressive 3-2 win at Real Madrid the previous weekend.
Bryan Gil (Sevilla)
Bryan Gil had a week of contrasting minutes as first he returned to England in the week as Sevilla took on Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.
The 22-year-old was an unused substitute as the Spanish side roared back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. Then on Sunday Gil got 90 minutes to his name in the 2-0 victory at Valencia. The winger did his job defensively with four tackles, one interception and one clearance as well as committing three fouls as he got stuck in down the flank.
The young Spaniard, who earned a call-up back into the senior Spain squad last month, has played 13 times for Sevilla since joining in January and has registered one goal and two assists.
Sergio Reguilon (Atletico Madrid)
Reguilon was an unused substitute once again following his return from a thigh issue suffered in training. The left-back was initially ruled out for a month with the injury in late February but ended up missing double that amount of time.
He was an unused substitute as Atletico won 2-1 at home to Almeria on Sunday and the Spaniard has not started a single La Liga match this season, having had injury problems and a stomach issue at one point that saw him hospitalised. Reguilon has played just 84 minutes in the competition this season across four matches.
Djed Spence and Joe Rodon (Rennes)
The return of Rennes captain Hamari Traore from injury has brought an end to Djed Spence’s game time for the French side.
The 22-year-old was an unused substitute as Rennes won 3-0 at home against Stade Reims in Ligue 1 on Saturday. That made it back to back matches watching on from the bench for the England U21 international after enjoying a run of nine consecutive starts following his loan move in January.
Joe Rodon was once again left out of the squad entirely after having been an unused substitute for Rennes for the previous six Ligue 1 games in a row, with boss Bruno Genesio preferring to put 18-year-old academy youngster Jeanuel Belocian on the bench instead at the weekend.
Both Spurs players will be hoping to get some game time when Rennes travel to Montpellier on Sunday.
Tanguy Ndombele (Napoli)
Tanguy Ndombele had to serve a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season so he missed Napoli’s goalless draw at Verona.
However, he did get nine minutes to his name in midweek from the bench in the 1-0 defeat at AC Milan in the Champions League final first leg.
Napoli remain 14 points clear of second-placed Lazio in the Serie A table with eight matches to go and while Ndombele has not started a game in the league since November but he has now racked up more than 1,066 minutes of football for the Italian side this season.
Destiny Udogie (Udinese)
Destiny Udogie is a regular starter for Udinese and he got another 86 minutes to his name in the 3-0 defeat against Jose Mourinho’s Roma on Sunday.
The 20-year-old was named Udinese’s player of the month for February and has made 27 appearances this season for the Serie A side, scoring three goals and laying on three assists.
Udogie will be hoping to make a big splash when he finally arrives at Spurs this summer.
Harry Winks (Sampdoria)
Harry Winks racked up his 12th consecutive 90-minute appearance as Sampdoria picked up another point in their difficult quest to remain in Serie A. They managed to secure a 1-1 draw against 16th-placed Lecce.
The 27-year-old midfielder has now fully recovered from his ankle operation and is giving his all to try to save financially-stricken Sampdoria from the drop but that’s becoming a tougher and tougher task with each passing week.
They currently sit bottom of the Serie A table and are 13 points from safety with eight matches to go.
Troy Parrott (Preston North End)
Troy Parrott played 68 minutes as Preston lost 2-0 at Millwall in the Championship on Saturday.
The 21-year-old was handed a five in the Lancashire Live player ratings with the review: “Some decent touches on occasion but the end product just wasn’t there for the Tottenham loanee. Got more and more frustrated before being brought off as part of the second half quadruple change.”
Parrott has got plenty of minutes this season around the knee injury he suffered before the World Cup break but the young striker will want to increase his goal output with just three goals from 30 matches this season.
Dane Scarlett (Portsmouth)
Dane Scarlett got 25 minutes from the bench on Saturday as Portsmouth drew 1-1 at Shrewsbury in League One.
The 19-year-old received a six in the player ratings from The News with the review: “A couple of positive moments, just sadly struggling for form and confidence at present and his goal threat has noticeably declined.”
Scarlett has scored six goals and registered two assists in 40 games this season.
Harvey White (Derby)
Harvey White got 24 minutes from the bench as Derby drew 1-1 at Bristol Rovers in League One on Saturday, but it was a tough day for the 21-year-old midfielder as he was adjudged to have given away a penalty deep into stoppage time for a foul. Rovers scored from the spot to snatch a last-gasp point.
There was a good case to be had that White himself was fouled beforehand and his manager Paul Warne was furious at the decision.
He also told the Derby Telegraph about White: “He was genuinely upset as I would be if I was a player on loan. Having come on and through no fault of his own given away a penalty, he’s probably thinking he’s run over a voodoo doll or something. He was visibly upset after the game because you go from not an amazing performance but a win a way from home, nobody cares, get home it’s a brilliant three points.
“He feels he has played a massive part in that downfall. I can see why he thinks that because he has in fairness to him. It’s the referee’s decision but he gave him a decision to make, that’s the sad thing. I can see he has been fouled but my issue is further down the pitch when we have a throw-in.
“If you stand near me you might hear me but we had a throw in their final third and let them out too easy. It drives me insane. They hit a diagonal, they get a throw, they recycle it, they cross it, penalty. I left Harvey on Saturday, but I texted him on Sunday to say ‘How are you?’
“He said ‘Alright gaffer, what do you think I should have done differently?’ I sent him the video I have of my angle. It shows he could have maybe got in a position quicker, even though I don’t think it’s a penalty.
“It’s gone now. It’s all part of the learning curve. That’s why Premier League clubs like sending their players out on loan because they are the educational parts that you don’t get in training. He’s fine and he’s ready to play a part (on Tuesday).”
The 21-year-old midfielder has made 12 appearances for the League One side since arriving in the January transfer window.
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