Manager admits he wants Tottenham defender, Troy Parrott praise as Pape Matar Sarr gets call

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Some of Tottenham’s loan players have been enjoying some festive football as decision time comes in a few of their loans.

Spurs have five players still out on loan at present after J’Neil Bennett’s loan spell at Crewe ended prematurely through injury and the Swedish season came to a close for goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman, who is now back at Hotspur Way.

Next month more players are expected to join Tottenham’s loan group while loan moves often have a January recall clause, which could see some players change loan clubs if Spurs want them to play at a higher level or get more minutes.

So how exactly did the current crop get on this week and what’s the latest on their futures? football.london takes a look.

Pape Matar Sarr (Metz)

Tottenham’s summer signing has been starting every other match for Metz recently, coming off the bench in the games in between.

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However, he had to miss the final game before the French winter break began as he was suspended for the clash at Lyon after an accumulation of yellow cards

Sarr has had some good news this week though with his inclusion in Senegal’s 27-man squad for the African Cup of Nations, which begins on January 9.

Sarr will go into the tournament having made 19 appearances for Metz this season.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic)

Carter-Vickers is a wanted man at Celtic after a fine season so far on loan with the Scottish giants, which brought a medal this month with his Scottish League Cup win.

On Boxing Day, the 23-year-old was in league action as Celtic won 3-1 at St Johnstone and he has been a near ever-present with 23 appearances for the club this season so far.

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Celtic have an option to buy the centre-back at the end of his season-long loan spell and their manager Ange Postecoglou made his feelings clear when asked he wants to keep Carter-Vickers permanently.

“Absolutely. I wouldn’t have brought him in if I thought it was just a short-term thing,” he said. “All the players we have brought in, we have done so with some thought around building a team.

“Building a team means more than just 12 months. A lot of that depends on the player himself, but those discussions will happen over the next couple of months.

“January gives us an opportunity to look at our squad again. We can have a think about what we want to do in this window and beyond.



Celtic want to keep Cameron Carter-Vickers at the club after the end of his loan
Celtic want to keep Cameron Carter-Vickers at the club after the end of his loan

“Part of that discussion will be around players we have on loan and seeing what decisions we want to make on them. If the players are happy here and want to stay here, we will get round to those discussions.”

Reports in Scotland suggest Celtic would have to pay around £6m to sign Carter-Vickers from Spurs.

Postecoglou added: “Those are all things we will discuss. The intimate details of people’s contracts or clauses – all those things need agreement from two or three parties.”

The defender himself commented on his future last week, suggesting it was too early to know what would happen next.

“I am enjoying my time up there and it is all going well,” he said. “But I think like you said, I think it is a bit too early. It’s not fully down to me as well.

“So it is obviously discussions that will have to be had at the end of the season.”

Troy Parrott (MK Dons)

Parrott got some festive football on Boxing Day with 30 minutes from the bench as MK Dons won 3-2 at Lincoln City.

The 19-year-old earned praise from the Milton Keynes Citizen in the player ratings after the match as they gave him a seven for his cameo.

They wrote: “Excellent when he came on for the last half an hour. Always made space, looked eager to take players on and did so with a lot of success.”

Parrott has four goals and five assists from his 21 games in all competitions for his loan club this campaign.

Kion Etete (Northampton Town)

The 20-year-old has been splitting his time between Northampton and Hotspur Way recently as he gets treatment on a hamstring injury.

He has not been missing much on the pitch as Town have had three consecutive League Two matches called off after a number of Covid cases in their camp.

Etete has six goals and two assists from his 23 appearances to date this season and depending on his injury recovery, Tottenham could decide to recall him in January and loan him out to play at a higher level.

Jamie Bowden (Oldham Athletic)

Interim Oldham boss Selim Benachour admitted that Jamie Bowden missed Boxing Day’s League Two basement battle defeat to Scunthorpe United as he had tested positive for Covid.

Bowden has been a regular starter for Athletic and they could have done with him in the 3-1 defeat that left them bottom of the table.

The Spurs academy midfielder has one goal and four assists from his 22 appearances for the Latics this season.

Source by Football London

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