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 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.”
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.
Bryan Gil (Sevilla)
Bryan Gil ended his season with a winner’s medal after winning the Europa League with Sevilla in midweek. The 22-year-old played the first half of the final against Jose Mourinho’s Roma before being replaced by former Spurs man Erik Lamela as the Spanish side went on to win on penalties.
Gil had been one of the stars of Sevilla’s dramatic extra-time victory at home against Juventus in the second leg of their semi-final. On Sunday he was an unused substitute as the club ended the La Liga season with a 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad.
Gil made 24 appearances for Sevilla after arriving in the January transfer window, netting two goals and laying on three assists.
The young winger said in a heartfelt Instagram post: “Thank you to all the Sevilla family for the love and happiness you have made me feel in this short time. Winning a title with the team that watched you grow up is the greatest thing football gave me.
“I have been very happy here despite the bad times we have suffered together, but this season has not been able to be more present the “Never Give Up” and the “Caste and Courage” that so much define this club. Wish you all the best for future, will miss you a lot. Long live the @sevillafc.”
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)
Giovani Lo Celso ended his season at Villarreal with 24 minutes from the bench on Sunday in the 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid.
After such a frustrating first half of the term, with injury stopping him from featuring in Argentina’s successful World Cup campaign, Lo Celso has been making up for lost time in the final weeks of the season with a string of promising performances, mostly from the bench, that have sparked interest in his services.
The Argentina international, who made 29 appearances this season, is a wanted man with Aston Villa – where his former boss Unai Emery is in charge – and Villarreal both interested in taking him next season.
The 27-year-old signed off with a message to the Villarreal fans on Instagram that read: “Another season is gone. Good times and others not so much, but always facing challenges as a new learning. Thank you so much @villarrealcf for letting me be a part of this year as special as the centennial year was. Thank you to those always for the unconditional support. Time orders everything in its place.”
Sergio Reguilon (Atletico Madrid)
Up against Lo Celso on Sunday was his Spurs team-mate Sergio Reguilon. After getting his first start last week of what has been a nightmare season for the player since leaving Tottenham on loan due to injuries and illness, the 26-year-old was handed back to back starts with 84 minutes against Villarreal to end his campaign.
The Spaniard has finally been getting minutes to his name in recent weeks, with four appearances from the bench and those two starts in the final six games of the campaign.
Reguilon however only made 11 appearances in total for Atletico and now he will find out what his future holds under Postecoglou.
Djed Spence and Joe Rodon (Rennes)
Djed Spence had already returned to Tottenham after picking up a knee injury but Joe Rodon got his second start in three games as Rennes won 2-1 at Brest to finish fourth in the Ligue 1 table.
Rennes technical director Florian Maurice reiterated this week that the French club would not be looking to extend the loans of either of the Tottenham duo.
Rodon played 22 times for Rennes during his season-long loan, scoring once, while Spence managed 10 appearances after his arrival in the winter window before the French club’s injured right-backs returned and he found himself out of the team and then matchday squads.