It’s time for one final check on Tottenham Hotspur’s loan players as they ended their seasons away from the club across the continent
Tottenham Hotspur’s loan players have reached the end of their seasons and will soon learn of their fate under new head coach Ange Postecoglou.
The group of 11 Spurs players sent away from the club this season have enjoyed varying degrees of success across England, Spain, Italy and France. Now they will return this summer to a new boss in the 57-year-old Australian, who has a very specific style of play and high demands.football.london takes a look below at how Tottenham’s remaining eight loanees abroad – Troy Parrott, Dane Scarlett and Harvey White returned from their Football League loans last month – got on as their league seasons came to a close as well and many parted with farewell messages.
Destiny Udogie (Udinese)Destiny Udogie ended his time with Udinese before finally arriving at Spurs with another 90 minutes as they lost 1-0 at Juventus to end the Serie A season in 12th place.
The 20-year-old played 34 times for Udinese this season with 2,755 minutes to his name and three goals and four assists from left wing-back and he will now be looking to impress Postecoglou, having signed when Antonio Conte was in charge.
He posted a farewell message to the Udinese fans on Instagram that read: “I came to the end of my journey with this shirt, a club that gave me a lot and will forever be in my heart. I want to thank all those who have accompanied me in these two years, forever your fan. Thank you Udinese! #blessed.”
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In a statement on the Udinese website he said of his end to the season and his next step: “We all wanted to win and end the season with a positive result in front of our fans. This is football, we are very sorry.
“I have to thank the club so much for having invested and believed in me in these two seasons. I can’t say anything but thank you. I knew my qualities, I just wanted to express them and Udinese gave me this great chance. I’m ready for the future and for the Premier League.”
Harry Winks (Sampdoria)
Harry Winks missed already-relegated Sampdoria’s final match of the Serie A season against Napoli as he was preparing to undergo minor surgery on his left ankle.
It was reportedly a small end of season operation planned when he had his first operation on the ankle back in November. After a first half to the campaign without minutes because of the problem, that surgery allowed Winks to play 20 times since the turn of the year, starting all but the first game after his return and he was rarely substituted.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at @sampdoria for this season,” he said on Instagram. “It was a very challenging season both on and off the pitch, but it was an honour to play for such an amazing football club with so much history and incredible fans. I have no doubt the club will return to where it belongs and with new investment can continue to be the amazing club the fans deserve. #forzadoria.”
Tanguy Ndombele (Napoli)
Tanguy Ndombele did not feature for Napoli in that 2-0 home win against Sampdoria on Sunday, having been an unused substitute in the final five games of the Serie A season. The Frenchman had played in every Serie A match all the way back to August until this recent spell without involvement.
Ndombele did though join the ever-lengthening list of Tottenham players who have left the club and won silverware after Napoli clinched their first Scudetto in 33 years.
The 26-year-old made 40 appearances for the Italian champions this season and will have that title winner’s medal on his CV when he returns to find out his fate under Postecoglou.