Some of Tottenham Hotspur’s 11 loanees have certainly caught the eye with their performances across Europe this week.
Spurs have a large group of players currently absent from the club and plying their trade in England, Scotland, France, Spain and Sweden, all looking to get Tottenham staff to notice, including the club’s head coach, Antonio Conte. Some of the players were sent out to broaden their experience of senior play, some to simply get minutes under their belts and others to put them in the showcase ahead of possible summer moves.
Here’s how Spurs’ big group of players got along over the past week.
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Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)
Lo Celso enjoyed more Champions League joy by playing the full game as Villarreal stunned Bayern Munich in midweek with a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena to take their place in the semi-finals.
Sky Sports gave the Argentine an eight in their player rating for his performance against the German giants. Lo Celso was involved in Villarreal’s crucial goal on the night, rushing downfield and slipping a ball past Gerard Moreno. He squared it for Samuel Chukwueze, who lifted his finish on Manuel Neuer to stun the hosts.
Lo Celso, who was named man of the match in the first leg, then got just 29 minutes to his name in Saturday’s 2-1 La Liga win at Getafe as Villarreal boss Unai Emery continues to throw him in the Champions League and put him back. of the starting line-up in the league in recent weeks.
Lo Celso has now made 14 appearances for Emery’s side since his deadline move from Tottenham.
Bryan Gil (Valencia)
Gil was back in action after his hip injury with 74 minutes to his name as Valencia lost 2-1 at home to Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday. The 21-year-old was on the left wing and completed a key pass, dribble and took a shot on goal in a subdued performance.
Valencia travel to Villarreal on Tuesday night with Gil and Lo Celso set to be reunited, but all eyes will be on this weekend when Gill hopes to line up in the Copa del Rey final against Real Betis on Saturday evening.
The La Liga side will want Gil sharp for this game as he has quickly become a big part of their squad with 12 appearances for the Spanish side, registering one assist since leaving Tottenham.
Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon)
It was a disappointing week for Ndombele. The 25-year-old Frenchman was struggling with an injury ahead of Lyon’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against West Ham and he managed just 45 minutes on the night as the French side slipped to defeat 3-0 at home.
The midfielder then sat out Lyon’s Ligue 1 game on Sunday as they battled to a 6-1 win at home to Bordeaux.
Pope Matar Sarr (Metz)
Sarr made his first consecutive Ligue 1 start for Metz since October as they drew 1-1 in a big bottom-of-the-table game with Clermont on Sunday.
The 19-year-old impressed with a charged performance in an attacking midfield role at the tip of a midfield diamond and the teenager netted an assist. Sarr quickly grabbed a loose ball in the first half and played a perfectly weighted snap ball for the first time between the lines to Nicolas de Préville, who raced to put Metz ahead.
Clermont fought back with an equalizer before Metz fell to 10 men after a red card but they held on for a point.
Sarr was WhoScored’s man of the match with a 7.51 rating, which included two key assists and a shot on target, as well as three tackles and two clearances.
It has been a difficult development season for Sarr with Metz bottom of Ligue 1, two points behind Bordeaux and five points behind 18th-placed Clermont, who occupy the relegation play-off position.
The teenager has now featured 28 times for the French wrestlers this season before aiming to show Tottenham what he’s talking about when he returns to N17 this summer.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic)
While Carter-Vickers had already earned himself legendary status at Celtic earlier this month by scoring the winning goal in the Old Firm Derby and named man of the match for his defensive work, he couldn’t stop Rangers to get revenge in the Scottish Cup semi-final. weekend final.
The 24-year-old played the full 120 minutes and hit the crossbar with effort before the game went into extra time and the team in blue won the day.
Carter-Vickers earned a rating of eight from the Scottish Daily Express with the review: “Another solid performance from the centre-half, was inches away from scoring the second goal after his effort hit the bar which could have ended the match.”
Carter-Vickers’ loan spell has been a huge success and Celtic are expected to take the option of buying him, which football.london includes around £6m upfront with potential additions that could eventually make it £10m in total. The centre-back is also believed to be of interest to a number of Premier League clubs.
The 24-year-old has registered four goals and one assist in 39 games in all competitions for Celtic so far in this big campaign of his career.
Troy Parrott (MK Dons)
Troy Parrott scored another superb strike to set up six goals in eight appearances for club and country, although he couldn’t stop MK Dons’ 15-game unbeaten streak from ending in a 3-0 defeat. 2 at home to fellow League One promotion hopefuls Sheffield on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old ran in and pulled off a smart finish on the goalkeeper that a covering defender could only help down the line.
The MK Citizen gave Parrott a seven in its player ratings, writing, “He took his aim very well and showed glimpses of magic.”
Ahead of the game, MK captain Dean Lewington was quoted in this newspaper about his connection to Parrott and how the Irishman settled into the club.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with Troy,” the captain said. “He makes really good runs and is easy to spot as a defender. Some players can pick their runs early and with Troy I understood straight away where he would go. He lends himself to those runs behind and that’s good to see him finish them now.”
The skipper added: “He’s a hugely popular member of the team. When you go down a level or two, you play through those bad spells, learn about yourself and what you need to do.
“All young players will experience that at some point, and Troy got down, he took care of him and put him in training. His form came back, his goals came back and he’s come back as the better player he was at the start.”
Parrott has now played 42 times this season and has scored nine goals and provided six assists during a good loan spell at Milton Keynes.
Kion Etete (Town of Cheltenham)
Another 20-year-old Spurs striker enjoyed a fine game as Etete was named Man of the Match for Cheltenham Town over the weekend as they drew 2-2 at home to Gillingham.
Etete was involved in Cheltenham’s first equalizer, bursting upfield and after Alfie May’s shot was parried by the keeper, then Callum Wright fired home. Gillingham regained the lead but Etete netted the leveler 12 minutes from time with a six-yard header after a corner headed his way.
Etete had less joy on Easter Monday, again playing the full 90 minutes as Cheltenham lost 3-0 at Lincoln City.
The great striker has now played 12 times for League One side Cheltenham, scoring three goals and providing three assists, following the first half of the season while on loan in League Two at Northampton, scoring six goals and providing two assists in his 23 games.
Jack Clarke (Sunderland)
Clarke picked up an assist on Friday to help Sunderland beat Shrewsbury 3-2 at home in League One.
The 21-year-old played the full 90 minutes and earned a six in the Chronicle Live Player Ratings of the game with the review: “Caused problems for Shrewsbury when he came forward down the left and produced the assist for Broadhead winner.”
On Easter Monday he got another full game under his belt, mostly as a wing-back, as Sunderland drew 0-0 at Plymouth.
The 21-year-old has now made 15 appearances for the sixth-placed Ligue 1 side, scoring once and providing two assists, as they seek to find their way back to the Championship.
Nile John (Charlton Athletic)
John’s loan spell at Charlton continues to play out without a minute of first-team football and he was absent from the matchday squad again on Friday for the 3-2 home loss to Morecambe.
The 19-year-old was an unused substitute on five occasions for Charlton and was left out of the squad altogether in 10 other League 1 appearances. Addicks boss Johnnie Jackson last month explained the lack of playing time of John and Chelsea, Juan Castillo.
“I have players in those positions who at the moment are ahead of them,” the former Spurs man said, as reported by South London Press. “I judge every day on what I see in training. There have been opportunities. Nile has been unlucky because he hasn’t had many opportunities.
“Juan had a few chances that he didn’t really take. Nile can consider himself unlucky not to have had any chances. I looked to try and get him on the pitch at times, but the nature of the matches and the state of the game, having to make early substitutions in some matches prevented me from being able to do that.”
Alfie Whiteman (Degerfors)
The 23-year-old goalkeeper was in goal again as Degefors went on a three-game losing streak to start Allsvenskan’s Swedish season as they lost 2-0 at Kalmar on Sunday.
Whiteman did his part to keep Degerfors in the Swedish top flight last season and will be hoping to impress again this campaign. Spurs also have the option of recalling him as part of the loan deal should they need him.
Kacper Kurylowicz (Potters Bar Town)
The goalkeeper is on loan at non-league Potters Bar Town, who play in the Isthmian Premier League, while being able to train and play for Spurs’ U23s if required.
Kurylowicz was between the sticks on Easter Monday as Town lost 2-0 at home in their derby to Enfield Town and the Spurs striker was also in goal on Saturday as Potters Bar lost 3-0 at Bishop’s Stortford.