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Kion Etete recalled from Northampton, set for Cheltenham loan

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Kion Etete has apparently done so well on loan at Northampton Town that Spurs are bringing him home to send him up a division. Tottenham Hotspur announced on social media today that they have recalled young forward Etete, 20, from his season-long loan to the League Two club.

Etete had been a regular starter for Northampton this season. He scored a brace in his club debut, and finished the first half of the season with six goals and two assists in just over 1200 minutes of action, but suffered a hamstring injury in November and hasn’t played since. Nevertheless, his performance has apparently good enough that the club thinks he needs a step up in competition — while they did not announce it formally, reports are Etete is immediately heading back out on loan, this time to Cheltenham Town in League One.

Cheltenham are currently mid-table in League One and are looking to strengthen their attack to make a second half push up the table. That likely means that Etete, once healthy, will be given a chance against better opposition and to see whether he can stay afloat in a higher division. That’s a real sign of confidence.

Etete signed for Spurs from Notts County in 2019 and plays mostly as a target man style forward. He’s likely a player that Spurs will develop and then flip for a small profit rather than someone they think can turn into a starter for Tottenham, but they clearly see him as a talented young player worth sinking time and resources into. And who knows — with a good burst of development maybe he’ll eventually get into or near the same tear that houses Troy Parrott and Dane Scarlett. Weirder things have happened.