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Young Spurs defender could earn a roster spot after very successful loan

Dominic Ball impressed at Rangers. Can he do the same at Spurs?

Rangers v Celtic - William Hill Scottish Cup Semi Final
Dominic Ball (left) and Rob Kiernan of Rangers
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty

Dominic Ball, by almost all reports, had an excellent year. The 20-year old Tottenham defender spent the year on loan at Rangers, and impressed Mark Warburton with his performances both in central defense and as a defensive midfielder. Ball was a part of the team that got Rangers promoted back to the Scottish Premier League for the first time since their insolvency and reformation to the Third Division back in 2012.

Now, according to the Scottish Herald, Ball will be heading back to Tottenham for preseason with Spurs, and will be given a chance to impress Mauricio Pochettino and play a possible spot in the first team.

Ball played in 31 games in all competitions for Rangers, and his performances were such that Rangers fans were keen on possibly signing him permanently this summer. Acclaimed for his positioning, composure, and passing, it's possible that he could be a proto-Eric Dier, a young defender who could develop into a Premier League caliber defensive midfielder.

Ball will have plenty of competition for a roster spot this summer, though how much remains to be seen. If he's a defender, he'll be competing with (as of now) Federico Fazio and Cameron Carter-Vickers as a fourth CB option, assuming Spurs don't augment their defense in the market. The picture at defensive midfield is a lot murkier, since Spurs haven't made any moves, either incoming or outgoing in this window.

Whether or not Ball is part of Pochettino's first team plans next season, it's a good sign that he's coming back for preseason evaluation. That means that Poche has seen and heard enough of him during his stint at Rangers to give him a fair shake, and we already know Poche's record of developing youth. And if Ball is sent out on loan again, it's good to know that there's one club in the Scottish first division that would welcome him back with open arms.