It’s apparently News Day™ at Tottenham Hotspur. The club just announced on social media and its website that academy striker Kion Etete is heading out on loan to League Two Northampton Town for the entirety of the 2020-21 season.
Kion Etete has signed a new contract with the Club until 2023 and has joined League Two side Northampton Town on loan for the 2021/22 season.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 2, 2021
Congratulations and good luck, Kion!
Etete’s potential has been easily overshadowed by both Troy Parrott and Dane Scarlett, the two crown jewels of the academy striker corps, but Etete is well regarded by the Tottenham coaching staff. This past season the now-19 year old Etete had nine goals and three assists in just over 1500 minutes while playing his football with the U23s in the Premier League 2. That’s pretty good!
Kion was plucked from the academy of Notts County in the summer of 2019 while Mauricio Pochettino was still in charge, and he looks like one that could be a sneaky good striker. He isn’t generating the buzz that some of the other players are and he’s definitely not close to the first team at the moment, but then again neither is Parrott, or Alfie Devine, or any number of promising good players. This is an excellent opportunity for him to hopefully get some good first team minutes and learn to play football with actual adults who will be trying to kick him. It’s a learning experience.
Interestingly, Tottenham have apparently had an interest in signing Northampton Town’s young striker Caleb Chukwuemeka. I haven’t heard anything that suggests that Chukwuemeka may be heading in the opposite direction, but that’s also something to keep an eye on.
Good luck Kion!