Tottenham youngster increasingly likely to be loaned out

Spurs seem to be just as devoted to youth development as they are to senior squad transfers, and this summer that could be embodied in a loan spell for one highly rated midfielder.
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Spurs have a number of well-rated youth prospects amongst their U21 Premier League 2 winners in the likes of players such as Yago Santiago, Mikey Moore, and especially Jamie Donley.

Donley, a 2005-born midfielder who has played on the youth squads of both the English and Northern Ireland national teams, has grown increasingly prominent in the media amidst transfer speculation, senior team promotion, and international call-ups.

This past season, he had 17 goal contributions in 17 PL2 matches, helping Spurs' youth squad bring home the trophy (Transfermarkt).

Additionally, he made it onto the senior pitch on three separate occasions, though he only played for a combined three minutes (Transfermarkt).

At just 19-years-old, the player seems to have a potential future with the North London club up at the senior level. However, it also appears that the player requires more senior experience before Ange and co. can trust him to come on in Lilywhite for the first team.

Now, according to Alasdair Gold with Football London, it's understood that Tottenham are interested in loaning out the player for the upcoming season amid interest from multiple clubs in the Championship and League One.

However, the move would be contingent on Donley getting regular minutes so that he can continue to develop and improve as a player that can be utilized by Ange Postecoglou (Football London).

The report further asserts that "many within the club" believe Donley can develop tremendously if given the right opportunity (Football London).

Tottenham are currently in the midst of midfield recruitment, with bids for Jacob Ramsey and Brahim Diaz rejected by their respective clubs, as well as continued interest in Chelsea's Conor Gallagher.

Eberechi Eze has also been mentioned as a potential central signing.

Donley, who can play in both the attacking midfield and forward roles, seems to align closely with the profile of creative player that Tottenham's coaching and recruitment staff are currently looking for.

If he can get a year under his belt of solid game time and exposure, he could become a strong back-up option for some of the midfielders Spurs currently have, and those they plan on acquiring. Beyond that, it seems, the sky is the limit.