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Tottenham Hotspur releases young attacking midfielder

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Baby Bale is moving on.

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First Gareth Bale left Tottenham Hotspur. Now his younger clone has left too. Winger Kenneth McEvoy announced on his personal Twitter page that he was released by Spurs at the opening of the January transfer window and is now a free agent, available to sign with whatever club he wants. McEvoy expressed some intense frustration with his lack of chances while at Spurs and stated that the decision to leave the club was his.

McEvoy's falling out with Spurs must be a relatively recent thing, as he was just given an 18-month contract extension last April. He was out on a short-term loan with League 2 side York City for the first part of the season, but clearly decided that his future was not at White Hart Lane. He may try and make his York City loan a permanent move, or he may find a different club.

McEvoy was, perhaps unfortunately, known more for his uncanny resemblance to a certain Welsh superstar than for his footballing ability, though we did rank him at #14 in our summer prospect rankings. At 21, he was reaching the point where he probably wasn't going to get a first team opportunity if it didn't happen soonish, and being loaned out to League 2 isn't the best sign.

Player development is a crapshoot. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't and it's in everyone's best interest to let the player move on. This seems to be the latter.