Another young Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate will be plying his trade away from White Hart Lane. The clubs announced the deal on their websites and on social media that 20-year old utility defender Dominic Ball has been sold to EFL Championship club Rotherham United on a three year deal. The transfer fee was undisclosed.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many people. Ball spent the whole of last year on loan at Rangers and played a key role in helping them achieve promotion back to the Scottish Premier League under manager Mark Warburton. He played both in central defense and as a defensive midfielder, making him a useful player for the right club.
Ball, 21, got a good run-out for Tottenham in the preseason matches in Australia, playing 45 minutes against Juventus beside Cameron Carter-Vickers. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best of auditions, especially early on, as Juventus torched Spurs’ back line frequently in that half. Ball wasn’t included in the squad that played Inter Milan in Oslo, Norway last week.
You might remember Rotherham: Grant Ward, now at Ipswich, spent some time on loan there last season. Rotherham is a good step up for Ball; they weren’t especially great last season in the Championship, finishing just outside the relegation zone, but the Championship is probably Dominic’s level right now. It’s better than the Scottish second division, and probably better on the whole than the Scottish Premier League. It’s a good move.
I quite like Dominic. He’s a young, talented player who can still grow and improve, but it’s pretty clear that he didn’t have much of a future at a Tottenham Hotspur that’s competing in the Champions League. Here’s hoping he carves out a successful career with Rotherham! Good luck, Dom.