Luke Amos is coming off of a pretty good season on loan. The 23-year old Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate spent the year in London at QPR and quickly became a regular part of Mark Warburton’s first team plans, playing 2100 minutes as a defensive midfielder and scoring two goals.
Now, it looks like the Championship is likely going to be Amos’ permanent destination. The Northern Echo, a regional UK newspaper that primarily covers Teesside and Yorkshire in the northeast of England, is reporting that Amos is a primary target for Middlesbrough next season, and that a permanent move to QPR is also on the table.
If you’re wondering, regional papers often have the goods on clubs below the Premier League, and are often solid sources of information regarding transfers. If the Echo is saying that Boro and QPR are strongly interested in Luke Amos, it’s probably accurate, though obviously it doesn’t mean a move to either will definitely happen.
A move to QPR would perhaps be the most advantageous to Amos next season, as he’s already a familiar face there and would be working under Mark Warburton, a progressive Championship manager who also has strong ties to Tottenham from past loans and transfers. Boro’s boss is, as of late June, Neil Warnock, an experienced manager who has brought up numerous clubs to the Premier League during his career but rarely has done enough to keep them there. Both would be solid landing spots for Luke.
Amos only has one more year left on his Tottenham contract, and it doesn’t appear as though he’s going to crack Spurs’ first team, so selling him makes sense. Both Boro and QPR finished mid-table in the Championship this season, and I can see Amos excelling at either club. The Northern Echo says that Spurs value Amos at £1.5m, but notes that Championship clubs involved are unlikely to have the financial acumen to afford that, and are shooting for a “six figure” transfer fee. I’m not sure how much I agree with that take, but either way we shouldn’t expect a whole lot of cash from Amos’ sale.
I like Luke Amos. He impressed the brief times we saw him in action for Spurs, mostly in preseason, but I agree that he’s probably more set as a career Championship/low-level Premier League midfielder. That’s not a bad thing! If Spurs do sell him, I’ll be watching his career closely and I hope he’s successful.