We’re still waiting for Tottenham Hotspur to make a BIG splash in the transfer market, but they’re getting some small things done while we drum our fingers on the table waiting for Tanguy Ndombele. Specifically, today the club announced that it has secured a contract extension for 20-year old midfielder George Marsh through 2021.
So this is maybe a bit of a surprise. I think a lot of Tottenham academy observers suspected that Marsh might have been sold this summer. Marsh was one of the youngsters brought along to Tottenham’s preseason tour this past summer and was one of two academy midfielders to start getting bench time with the senior team this season along with Oliver Skipp.
However, it’s also worth noting that Marsh has yet to make his Premier League debut for Spurs. Skippy, two years Marsh’s junior, got significantly more first team minutes than Marsh did — Marsh’s only senior appearance this season was 25 minutes as a sub in the 7-0 FA Cup dismantling of Tranmere Rovers. Marsh did make three appearances on Tottenham’s bench.
Pochettino obviously thinks highly of Marsh or he wouldn’t have even sniffed the first team at all, though it’s hard to see how he’s going to get a look in midfield when he’s behind Skipp, who didn’t exactly set the world on fire in his first team appearances on a team where midfield was a major concern. My guess is that Spurs think they can flip Marsh for a decent profit in a year, and he’s probably set for a season-long loan somewhere, possibly in the Championship or League One. He’s at the age where he really needs to start getting first team minutes somewhere or his development could stall.
We’ll see what happens before the close of the transfer window. Whatever happens, it’s great to see an academy player get a vote of confidence from the club.