It’s the business end of the season for the Tottenham Hotspur players still out on loan across England, Scotland and Europe.
This month the loan deals for Kion Etete, Nile John and Kacper Kurylowicz came to an end at Cheltenham, Charlton and Potters Bar Town respectively. Spurs have had 11 loan players out on loan at sides in England, Scotland, France, Spain and Sweden during this second half of the season.
Some of the club’s young players were sent out to get experience, some older players to get more minutes under their belts and others to stick them into the shop window ahead of needed summer moves. Here’s how the remaining group of Spurs loanees got on over the past week.
Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon) and Pape Matar Sarr (Metz)
Metz needed to win the match at home or relegation would have been closing in on them and Lyon needed a victory to keep their top five hopes alive. In the end it was 19-year-old Sarr and struggling Metz who won 3-2 in a thriller with Farid Boulaya scoring a dramatic 90th minute winner.
Sarr, who came off six minutes into the second half, had grabbed an assist in playing through Didier Lamkel Ze six minutes before the break to make it 2-0 to the hosts. Ndombele came on after the interval and soon sent a shot over the goal. Lyon did score twice to level the game during the second half but Boulaya’s late goal decided the encounter.
With two games to go, Metz are now six points behind 17th-placed Lorient and three behind 18th-placed St Etienne, who lie in the relegation play-off spot with three games still to play.
Sarr has played 32 times for the French strugglers this season, scoring once and laying on three assists, and he will look to show Tottenham what he’s about when he arrives in N17 this summer.
Ndombele has played 13 times for Lyon since joining on loan on January transfer deadline day with one goal and two assists to his name.
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)
Lo Celso grabbed what appeared to be the winner for Villarreal in the 86th minute of their match against Sevilla, volleying the ball into the floor and up into the net from six yards. However, Jules Kounde popped up in stoppage time to tie the game.
Lo Celso has impressed for Unai Emery’s team since joining on deadline day in the January transfer window and Villarreal are believed to want to find a way to keep him, although there is no purchase option in his loan deal.
The Argentine has made 18 appearances for the La Liga side, with one goal and one assist, and he played a big part in their run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Bryan Gil (Valencia)
Gil was an unused substitute in Valencia’s 0-0 draw at Athletic on Saturday. The 21-year-old had been struggling with a hip injury in recent weeks and that may have played a part in his reduced minutes in games this month.
Gil has played his part for the 10th-placed Spanish side with 14 appearances, registering one assist since his switch from Tottenham.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic)
Carter Vickers got another 90 minutes to his name and edged even closer to a league title winner’s medal with his performance in Celtic’s 4-1 victory against Heart of Midlothian, which maintained the club’s six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with two games to go.
The 24-year-old earned himself an eight in the Scottish Daily Express player ratings with the review: “A solid showing from the center half again with no problems.”
Celtic travel to Dundee United on Wednesday night where they can wrap up the title if they get a point or more.
Carter-Vickers’ loan spell has been a big success and Celtic are expected to take up the option to buy him, which football.london understands is around £6million up front with potential add-ons that could make it £10million in all eventually. However, the centre-back has also been interesting a growing number of Premier League clubs and he could have a decision to make this summer.
Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson told Sky Sports that his old club have to sign the young defender permanently: “Cameron Carter-Vickers, for a team who were in disarray last year, the defense was all over the place. He’s been the one who’s steadied the ship and he cruises through games.
“He’s made such a difference to that team. If you’re a team who wants to win things and win titles your defense has got to be right. He has been a rock for Celtic this year.”
The 24-year-old has four goals and one assist from his 42 games in all competitions for Celtic so far in this major campaign in his career.
Troy Parrott (MK Dons)
Troy Parrott bid farewell to MK Dons with another well-crafted goal and a heartfelt goodbye message this week.
The 20-year-old sent a perfectly-cushioned looping header over the goalkeeper to give MK a chance at 2-0 down on aggregate in their League One Play-Off semi-final second leg against Wycombe. However, the hosts could not find a second goal to level matters.
Parrott has come on leaps and bounds this campaign and played 47 times this season for MK Dons, scoring 10 goals and provided seven assists.
He wrote on Instagram on Monday: “Time at MK Dons has come to an end, gutted we couldn’t get over the line in the play offs but I guess that’s football. Can’t thank everyone involved at MK enough for this season especially the fans who stuck behind me and the team for the whole season and also the coaching staff and background staff who have helped me so much over the year making me a better player but also a better person.
“I’ll miss the players who made it enjoyable everyday and have made some friends for life. Everyone around the club has made it a special year for me and I’m so grateful for that. Will always have a place in my heart for MK Dons and all the people involved in the club. Thank you.”
Jack Clarke (Sunderland)
Jack Clarke will be hoping he does get to take his place in the League One Play-Off final after playing the full 90 minutes in Sunderland’s semi-final first leg 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.
Former Spurs man Alex Pritchard scored on the night, with another ex-Tottenham player, Dennis Cirkin, involved in setting it up for him.
Clarke received a seven in the Chronicle Live player ratings with the review: “Quiet in the first half but improved in the second.”
The second leg takes place on Monday night and the 21-year-old will be hoping to play his part with another start.
Clarke has appeared in 18 matches for the League One side since arriving in January, scoring once and providing two assists as they look to find a route back to the Championship.
Alfie Whiteman (Degerfors)
The 23-year-old goalkeeper is yet to taste victory in the league this season as Degerfors have made it six consecutive defeats to start the Swedish Allsvenskan season. Whiteman will be hoping that changes this Monday evening as they travel to Sundsvall.
Whiteman did his part in keeping Degerfors in the Swedish top flight last season and will be hoping to get them back on track again during this campaign. Spurs do also have the option to recall him as part of the loan agreement if they were to need him back.