Pape Matar Sarr’s grief, Lo Celso’s joy, Ledley King hopes for Ndombele and Jack Clarke’s luck


All but one of Tottenham Hotspur’s loanees ended their season this weekend with different emotions.

Loan deals for Cameron Carter-Vickers, Troy Parrott, Kion Etete, Nile John and Kacper Kurylowicz had already ended at Celtic, MK Dons, Cheltenham, Charlton and Potters Bar Town respectively. Spurs had 11 players out on loan in England, Scotland, France, Spain and Sweden during this second half of the season.

Five other players ended their loan spells over the weekend with one remaining away from the nest. Here’s how Spurs’ latest group of players fared over the past week.

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Pope Matar Sarr (Metz)

The 19-year-old’s last game at Metz ended in heartbreak as they lost 5-0 to Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG, with Kylian Mbappe scoring a hat-trick after signing his new contract and Boubacar Traore sent off for the visitors at the start of the second half. .

Metz had given themselves a real shot at staying in Ligue 1 with back-to-back wins with Sarr at the center of it all, but their defeat on the final day and St Etienne’s 79th-minute equalizer at Nantes saw Metz abandon the relegation game- out of place and in bottom two.

Sarr played the full 90 minutes against the Ligue 1 champions, making two tackles and two interceptions and had an 85.7% success rate.

The teenager has featured 34 times for the French wrestlers this season, scoring once and providing three assists, and he will now be looking to show Spurs what he is talking about when he arrives in N17 this summer.

Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon)

Ndombele’s disappointing return to Lyon ended with a 19-minute appearance from the bench in their 2-1 win at Clermont. He had enough time to make one key pass, one shot and two tackles, with a success rate of 95.5%.

Lyon ended up finishing eighth in Ligue 1 and Ndombele’s loan spell saw him play 15 times, starting just seven matches after being loaned out on January’s transfer deadline day, with one goal and two assists decisive to his credit. It remains to be seen whether Lyon will pay the hefty £54m fee agreed to make their loan deal permanent this summer on this evidence.

Former Spurs captain Ledley King worked with Ndombele last season as part of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff and he said “I would like to see him give more, push more sometimes. It has been frustrating because we know the talent is there. Sometimes it seems like he needs to be someone who is happy in his surroundings and motivated to play football.

“I know he lost two of his good friends back then, that shouldn’t be a problem. It’s a bit of an enigma. In terms of talent, he’s right up there and we could do with that. play him. When he plays at his best he’s an asset to the football club, but he doesn’t do it on a regular basis so it’s frustrating.”

Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)

Lo Celso finished his loan spell at Villarreal this season with 90 minutes as they won 2-0 at Barcelona and secured seventh place and European football for next season.

The Argentine was once again playing in a forward role but he had to make a switch at Camp Nou to help his team to victory.

Lo Celso has impressed Unai Emery’s side since arriving on deadline day in the January transfer window and Villarreal are reportedly keen to find a way to keep him, although there is no option to purchase in his loan contract. The Argentine made 25 appearances for the La Liga side, with one goal and one assist, and he played a big part in their journey to the Champions League semi-finals.

King hopes Lo Celso will return to Spurs to play under Conte: “There’s no reason he can’t come straight back to the club. I saw him up close during my squad there.

“I know he can probably operate in one of the positions higher up the pitch and he plays in the center of midfield. He’s a good all-around player, but again he falls into the category of duty. come back to work his way into the manager’s plans if he wants to stay at the football club.”

Bryan Gil (Valencia)

Gil was substituted at half-time in Valencia’s 2-0 home win against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

The 21-year-old suffered from a hip injury last month and it may have played a part in his reduced minutes in games this month.

Gil has made 17 appearances for the ninth-placed Spanish side, registering one assist since leaving Tottenham and helping them reach the Copa del Rey final. Valencia are believed to be keen to extend his loan until next season, but it remains to be seen whether Spurs are willing to send a player who cost more than £20million last season on another loan.

Jack Clarke (Sunderland)

Jack Clarke tasted promotion joy in the League One play-off final on Saturday as Sunderland beat Wycombe at Wembley Stadium.

The 21-year-old helped Sunderland get to Wembley with a big assist in added time in the semi-final second leg against Sheffield on Wednesday.

However, he only got a place on the bench but entered for the last half hour at the national stadium. Clarke almost grabbed a great solo goal late after a fine dribble, but the keeper blocked it from close range.

Clarke has made 20 appearances for Sunderland since joining in January, scoring once and providing three assists – including a key contribution in the play-off semi-final against Sheffield on Wednesday – as they secured a return to the Championship.

Alfie Whiteman (Degerfors)

The 23-year-old goalkeeper will remain absent in Sweden as their championship only started last month. He started again as Degerfors lost 2-1 at Varbergs on Sunday in Sweden’s Allsvenskan league.

Whiteman did his part to keep the club in the Swedish top flight last season and hopes to get them back on track this campaign. Spurs also have the option of recalling him as part of the loan deal should they need him.


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