Contract extension news! Tottenham Hotspur announced today that 20-year old goalkeeper and academy graduate Brandon Austin has signed a new contract that runs through 2022.
Austin has been around for a while, though he has yet to make his first team debut with the club. He’s worked his way up from the academy and through the underage squads, usually battling with fellow academy grad Alfie Whiteman. He’s been on a number of preseason tours with Tottenham, and is probably ready to get some good first-team minutes somewhere.
20 is pretty embryonic for a keeper, and with Spurs re-signing Michel Vorm to a temporary contract, it’s unlikely he’s going to crack the first team anytime soon (though thanks to Vorm and Lloris’ injury he’s made a couple of first team benches the past number of weeks under Jose Mourinho). It’s likely that this contract is coming ahead of a loan for Austin, possibly as soon as this January. That’d probably be a good situation for him, as he’ll get some valuable first team experience in a lower division.
Is Austin (or, by contrast, Whiteman) good enough to become a Premier League keeper? No idea! But he’s probably too good to keep hanging around the U23s anymore.