There’s transfer news today! Tottenham Hotspur announced on their website and via social media channels that young central midfielder George Marsh has extended his loan at League Two side Leyton Orient until the end of the season.
This is expected news, but it’s still good news. In fact, Orient supporters have been hoping for exactly this outcome ever since the January transfer window opened. It took Marsh a few weeks to get into Ross Embleton’s plans, but he has quickly become a regular member of the O’s starting 11, playing in a variety of positions from defensive midfielder to a more attacking role, and even once as a right back. He has no assists or goals but has played 1100 minutes of first team action, and has apparently become a favorite among O’s supporters for his work rate and performances.
Extending his loan makes sense, as it keeps him at a place where he’s developing and playing well. Good loans are not a given with young Premier League academy players, so when you find a good fit it usually makes sense not to rock the boat unless there’s good reason. Marsh is 21 and unless he makes a quantum leap probably won’t be in Jose Mourinho’s long term plans, but if he continues to develop it’s likely Spurs can flip him for a profit in a year or so.
Congrats to Marsh!