Like many businesses, most football clubs have faced a year without most of their income.
Tottenham in particular have put all their money into their new stadium only to be largely redundant and left empty by the pandemic.
Without the door receipts, season ticket money, the day’s income like sales of food, drink and merchandise, plus the huge discount Premier League clubs would have to pay back to TV companies, Spurs are expected to sell players in order to raise money for newcomers for Jose Mourinho’s side.
When finances are tight, clubs often look to their academy and arriving players or those who have already been on loan and chairman Daniel Levy is hopeful Spurs will have some ready to step in.
While Tottenham have too many talented academy products to mention them all, here are seven players the club could look to for more minutes with the first team next season:
The England U21 international was a revelation in the league, starting every game and was an integral part of the Norwich City squad who are clearly at the top of the table.
The 20-year-old’s ability to sit in front of the full-backs, break through opposition attacks, then sweep forward or extend the ball to his attacking teammates has been widely praised and his stamina means that ‘it is rarely replaced.
Skipp was so good that Mourinho said he was football.london that he wanted to call him back in January but realized that it was better for the player’s development to spend the whole season at the East Anglian club.
The Tottenham boss believes Skipp will become a future North London club captain and his Norwich manager Daniel Farke is a big fan.
“We saw the potential, we studied his character a lot and we knew that he would be fully convinced to give it his all, not thinking that I don’t need to work to prove that I am the best in my position,” he said. declared the Canary Islands boss.
“Oliver is a perfect boy. So humble. He’s a brilliant lender.
“A fantastic boy. He reminds me a bit of Max Aarons in his first season, who also delivered with incredible consistency, without mistakes, never injured, never sick. ”
Skipp’s return and the remarkable progress could allow Tottenham to allow other central midfielders to leave and increase their transfer cases in the process.
Mourinho is rather excited about the forward who turned 17 on Thursday and has scored 22 goals in 18 academy games this season.
The teenager has appeared in the Europa League twice, almost scoring in his debut and then securing an assist for Carlos Vinicius in his second game.
Mourinho also gave Scarlett his Premier League debut at the end of the game against West Brom and was on the bench for Sunday’s win at Aston Villa.
“He’s a diamond, a kid with incredible potential,” said the Spurs boss after Scarlett’s Europa League assist against Wolfsberger AC last month.
“He worked several times with the first team and that gives him a different personality. He’s still 16, 17 soon [in March] and I believe next season he will be a first team player because he has a lot of talent.
“He’s going to be a fantastic player and I hope everything turns out well around him. He’s a striker, a number nine, I’ve played him on sides similar to Marcus Rashford and he’s very smart. ”
He added: “Dane has incredible talent. I don’t want to talk too much because tomorrow I arrive in the building and the kid’s boss is going to kill me.
“I don’t want that, so I don’t want to talk too much about him. I just want to say he will be 17 next month and I want him to make the first team next season.
“So this season he’s here and here, goes to training sessions with us and games with kids his age and trains there. Next season he has to be a first team player. An immense talent. Very good physical development.
“He’s very good, he’s going to be very good. I hope nothing will destroy this potential. He must have his feet on the ground and his head on his shoulders because he has fantastic talent. ”
While Scarlett isn’t likely to start up front with Harry Kane from the start, he will get minutes and he has so far shown he’s ready to make an impact.
Ryan Sessegnon has made such success as a teenager in the Championship that he feels like he’s strayed away the past few seasons in comparison.
The truth is that after an injury hit in the first season with Spurs, he is developing as a left-back in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim.
The German squad were specifically chosen to give the 20-year-old regular playing time in a left-back or winger role and in a league with similarities to the Premier League.
Although he suffered an injury that kept him out for almost two months, Sessegnon has played 21 times for Hoffenheim and will return to Spurs this summer with plenty of experience.
The problem for him will be the presence of both Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies and unless Real Madrid seek to take over that buyout clause on the old one this summer and the Spaniard decides to leave, Sessegnon could be find another season on loan.
While Dane Scarlett is the wonderful pick this season, last season it was Troy Parrott.
The 19-year-old has had a real learning season thanks to the loan. He had a rough time at Millwall in the first half of the season, struggling to shine in a team that was inconsistent in the Championship.
Spurs called him back and took him down a level at Ipswich in League One where the teenager earned praise for his diligent performances and he scored his first senior professional goal this month.
Parrott was rewarded with his place in the Republic of Ireland squad for their matches this month.
Upon his return to Spurs this summer, the Irishman might find that Scarlett has taken the place of Mourinho’s young first-team striker to complement Kane and potentially Carlos Vinicius or another.
That would likely mean another loan for Parrott to help him get the normal playing time he needs to develop. He shouldn’t despair either because that is exactly the path taken by a certain Harry Kane.
The youngest player on this list, Alfie Devine is another who has caught Mourinho’s attention this season.
It was clear the Spurs boss was talking about Scarlett and Devine when he spoke this year about the club’s most talented players being 16 rather than in the older groups he could use more regularly, with 17. Roshaun Mathurin was also highly rated.
While he didn’t name Scarlett and Devine, the fact that he has used both on the bench multiple times in the Premier League makes it clear.
Devine broke two records for Spurs this season, winning the title of youngest player from Scarlett who had just won a competitive game for the club.
He then got better by becoming Tottenham’s youngest goalscorer when he shot at home in the FA Cup draw at Marine after coming off the bench.
Devine, who turns 17 in August just before the start of the new season, will likely have more playing time next season, especially in cup competitions as he is too young to be loaned out.
It has been a tough season for Dennis Cirkin, who, after catching Mourinho’s attention shortly after the Portuguese joined the club, suffered injuries and suffered family mourning.
He’s back on track now and the talented 18-year-old left-back could secure a loan next season to help him get the required playing time.
With the left-back well stocked at Tottenham, chances might be tight if he stays, but there are high hopes that he will become a Tottenham first team player in the future.
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The 20-year-old only joined Spurs after 12 years at Chelsea in October and he has already made his debut under Mourinho.
Lavinier will be watching closely what happens with the right-back situation at Tottenham this summer and with the preseason so soon after international tournaments he could have his chance to impress in friendlies.
If a space is not open to it, a loan may well beckon it to help it grow.