There may not be much news with regards to Tottenham Hotspur’s first team, but there’s plenty action in the U23s. In addition to the expected raft of loans this window, Spurs have cut bait on a number of recent academy graduates. The latest to go, after Anthony Georgiou and Maurizio Pochettino, is goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie, who is heading to Belgium on a permanent deal.
We have reached agreement with Belgian First Division B side R.W.D. Molenbeek for the transfer of Jonathan De Bie.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 1, 2021
We wish Jonathan all the best for the future. #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/sYXtupf8NN
De Bie, 20, was in the academy generation just below keepers Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin. He was apparently well regarded, but it’s difficult to make it from the academy to the Tottenham first team as a homegrown keeper. De Bie is also Belgian and has youth international caps for Belgium, so a return home to play his professional football makes a ton of sense.
I couldn’t tell you anything about R.W.D. Molenbeek, except that it’s located a suburb of Brussels on the north side of the city, whereas De Bie was born in Uccle, a suburb on the south side of Brussels. So it literally is a bit like going home. Good for him.
No transfer fee was disclosed. Good luck, Jonathan!