This article has been updated. It was originally posted on December 30.
We’re a couple of days away from the January transfer window but we now have our first departure of the winter, and it’s from the development squad. Previously @lilywhite_rose, a Twitter account that closely monitors Tottenham academy players and reserves, reported that 19-year old left back Jaden Brown has departed Spurs, and today Tottenham confirmed Brown’s departure.
Brown is a talented player, and was getting significant minutes with Spurs’ U23 reserve squad and was a mainstay in the UEFA Youth League. He had three goals and three assists playing mostly as a fullback in all competitions. Jaden is the latest academy product to leave Spurs this season after Keanan Bennetts, who now plays for Gladbach, and Reo Griffiths, who is in Lyon’s B-team.
Not all youth products are going to make it at the club, for whatever reason. And there doesn’t seem to be any indications as to why Brown wanted to leave Tottenham, but we can probably guess it has to do with future playing time. With Tottenham a Champions League club that already has 2.5 left backs on the roster (Ben Davies, Danny Rose, and Kyle Walker-Peters who can play there in a pinch), the way does appear to be blocked for a youngster coming through the ranks anytime soon. One can surmise that Brown thought the way might be a bit clearer at a club like Huddersfield than at Spurs.
Whatever else, you can say that Tottenham’s academy continues to turn out promising professional footballers, even if they don’t all make it at Spurs. Hopefully Jaden can turn this move into a solid professional career. Good luck, Jaden!