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Tottenham Hotspur U23 captain TJ Eyoma is enjoying a good season for League One leaders Lincoln City.
The 21 year old signed a new three-year contract in the summer before rejoining the Imps on loan for the entire season, and his contributions have helped drive Michael Appleton’s men to the top spot, where not only do they have a three-point lead but they also have a game in hand. .
And the Spurs star has played a crucial role in that, starting 24 of his 26 league outings, which ranks him fourth in minutes played this season based on Who scored.
Given José Mourinho’s defensive woes at the moment, could Eyoma have a clear shot at entering the senior fold this summer?
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After appearing on Spurs’ pre-season tour in the summer of 2018 in games against AC Milan and Girona, Mauricio Pochettino would later hand him his senior FA Cup debut that season.
Although he has yet to reappear in the first team, it is clear that he has a bright future ahead of him, especially considering that he was part of the England U-17 World Cup winning team, alongside Phil Foden, Emile Smith Rowe and Jadon Sancho, who have all become all-round players in their respective clubs.
The Spurs’ faith in Eyoma has been demonstrated by the three-year extension granted to him in the summer, and if he keeps up with the Imps, it will be worth a look.
If things go according to plan, Mourinho could discover Tottenham’s next Jan Vertonghen, who early in his Premier League career was equally adept at playing winger and center back, just like Eyoma.
The young U23 gem has been deployed primarily as a right back under Appleton, but for the Spurs youth setup, he has played center-back 44 times according to Transfer market.
Eyoma also seems to be more suited to the middle, as he is not afraid to put the hard graft off the ball with an average of 1.9 tackles per 90 minutes with an 84% completion rate, as well as handling 1.2 interceptions per 90, through Who scored.
Talking about his loaned star earlier this season, Appleton said: “He’s got great athleticism,” before adding, “He’ll only get better. He’s a pretty laid-back character in the place, but I think he’s reliable. He can play in various positions, and he just walks in and gets on with his work.”
These are all valuable minutes that someone like Japhet Tanganga is not getting, so this summer, Eyoma should have a shot at Mourinho.
The “very strong and aggressive athlete ”could be a valuable and cheap asset for the Spurs in the long run. They need that ‘transformative’ central defender, but in Eyoma, Levy could save millions.
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