Transfer news! But it’s the outgoing kind, not the incoming kind, as expected. Tottenham Hotspur’s 19-year old youth academy graduate Shayon Harrison is headed out on loan for the rest of the season to League 2 side Yeovil Town.
Young forward @ShayonHarrison has joined @YTFC on loan until the end of the season. Good luck, Shayon! pic.twitter.com/jtVUjhQDoc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 20, 2017
Spurs had previously played Yeovil in a closed-door friendly in pre-season, and according to the BBC Harrison had impressed Yeovil manager Darren Way.
"We played against Spurs in pre-season and Shayon played very well and caught the eye. We know Tottenham have an unbelievable desire and work ethic - attributes needed to play for Yeovil Town."
Depending on how you view loans in the Mauricio Pochettino era this is either a good move that will help young Shayon’s development, or it’s a precursor to him eventually being sold this summer. Harrison wasn’t getting anywhere near the first team; his debut came in Spurs’ 2-1 loss to Liverpool in the EFL Cup. So it’s possible that Pochettino wants to get him some valuable playing time at a club where he is much more likely to feature and play a lot of minutes.
On the other hand, Pochettino tends to not loan the young players that he thinks have potential, instead keeping them close at hand to train with Spurs’ first team and learn Poch’s tactics and philosophy. In this light, this might be a sign that Poch no longer thinks that Shayon has what it takes to break through and become a contributor and is a precursor to his eventual sale.
Harrison is stupid young — he’s only 19 — and it seems weird that we’d be willing to cut bait on another possible home grown striker, especially considering the relatively late development of Harry Kane. On the other hand, we’re not in training and don’t see what Poch sees.
Hopefully Harrison will be able to make an impact with the Glovers in the second half of the season. Yeovil are 16th in the League 2 table, but only seven points above the relegation zone.