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Brandon Austin returns to Tottenham after successful Orlando City loan

The question is — now what?

SOCCER: JUL 07 MLS - Orlando City SC at Chicago Fire FC Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We mostly talk about Tottenham player loan departures at this time of the summer, but here’s a quick story about a loan return. Orlando City have announced that goalkeeper Brandon Austin has returned to Tottenham Hotspur at the conclusion of his six month loan in MLS.

Austin was brought in at the beginning of the MLS season to compete as the primary backup and replacement for starting keeper Pedro Gallese, who missed a number of games this summer while competing with Peru in the Copa America. While at Orlando City, Austin made five starts, during which he made eight saves, picking up three wins with one clean sheet.

In Orlando’s announcement of Austin’s return, Orlando vice president Luis Muzzi praised the young keeper’s time in Florida.

“We thank Brandon for all his hard work during his time here. The professionalism and dedication that he showed to improve not only himself, but the team as a whole, did not go unnoticed. We want to wish Brandon the best of luck in the upcoming Premier League season.”

Austin and fellow academy product Alfie Whiteman have maintained a friendly rivalry for years now, and there’s historically been very little to separate the two. Whiteman’s gotten significant minutes thus far in preseason, and with Joe Hart looking like he’s off to Celtic there will be a slot open for a third keeper. You have to wonder now if it’s Whiteman’s time for a loan, the first of his career, with Austin given a chance as Tottenham third keeper. I don’t have anything to back that up, but it would be an interesting scenario if Spurs aren’t willing to make a decision between Austin and Whiteman yet.