It’s official, but it’s still a little sad. As expected Tottenham Hotspur formally announced the full transfer of academy graduate and fullback Dennis Cirkin to Sunderland in League One. The transfer fee was not disclosed, but reports suggested a fee somewhere in the £1m range.
We’ve talked before about Cirkin, who is considered a massive talent but who is coming off of a very difficult year. Cirkin had a major injury that cost him a lot of football last season, and he also suffered through the passing of his father as well. That’s a lot to deal with for anyone.
Cirkin likely feels his path to Tottenham’s first team is blocked by Sergio Reguilon, Ben Davies, and Ryan Sessegnon, and fair enough. Sunderland are a huge club despite playing in League One, and it’s quite possible that Cirkin can be a major part of that team as they try and work their way up the table. It’s not a terrible move for him by any means.
Past reporting suggested that Spurs are still keen on maybe bringing him back to the club; his new contract at Sunderland reportedly has both a £6m buy-back clause as well as a sell-on clause in the event that Spurs pass on the first option. Either way, Tottenham have a pretty big stake in his future even after selling him.
Maybe we’ll see him back someday. I hope so. I’ll be following his career. Good luck, Dennis!