Another day, another Tottenham Hotspur academy talent leaving the club. This time it’s 20-year old attacking midfielder Samuel Shashoua, who Spurs announced today is leaving north London for the Spanish second division. Spurs completed a deal that sends Shash to CD Tenerife on a permanent transfer.
Some of you might remember Shashoua — he was getting buzz from Spurs’ academy a few years ago for his impressive technical ability. We ranked him #8 on our 2017 Prospect Rankings for his dribbling ability and how he’s able to use his footwork to get around defenders. Spurs youth-watchers were always bigging him up when he was younger, but it seems as though he was never able to get his chance to crack the first team. He spent last season on loan in the Spanish third division with Atletico Baleares, where he was a regular starter, with six goals and five assists in all competitions.
Spanish football seems to fit Samuel, so moving up a level to Tenerife makes sense. There was no reporting on how the move took place or what the transfer fee was, so we’ll just have to speculate on whether this was his decision or the club’s. Usually it’s a bit of both.
Shashoua is the kind of skilled young player who can probably make it up to the top level of a major football league with time, so it’ll be interesting to see where his career takes him from here. Hopefully we’ll see him succeed — it just won’t be at Spurs.
Good luck, Sam!