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Report: Tottenham’s Dennis Cirkin close to Sunderland transfer


Crawley Town v Tottenham Hotspur U23: Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Are you wondering where Dennis Cirkin has been during this offseason? So have we! Cirkin, who was bigged up last season by Jose Mourinho and quickly became the buzzy Spurs left back of the future (non-Sessegnon edition), has been nowhere to be seen in the offseason under Nuno Espirito Santo. To my best recollection (and I haven’t bothered to look this up) he hasn’t even been on the bench for any of Spurs’ preseason friendlies.

Well, this may be why. According to Footy Insider, Cirkin is quite possibly being sold to Sunderland. The report states that the deal between Spurs and the (now) League One outfit are in “advanced talks” to send Cirkin there on a permanent deal.

Cirkin’s only 19, which is pretty young, so it’s pretty notable and unusual that he’d be shunted off to a League One side on a permanent deal after so much promise the season before. But hey, new regime, new ideas on who’s going to make it. And perhaps Cirkin knows he’s fallen down the pecking order and wanted the transfer in order to further his own career.

Also, Cirkin had a bad injury last season and also lost his father to an illness, and it could also be that he just needs a fresh start somewhere. There are lots of possibilities here, all of them seem plausible.

Cirkin never made his Tottenham senior debut, and if this story is accurate we may never see that. That’s a shame, since I’d been curious about him after the hype train started rolling last year. But maybe this will end up being the best scenario for all involved, who knows.

Either way, if he does move on I wish him the best.