Transfer news: Spurs youth talent leaves to join HJK Helsinki

Tottenham have agreed a deal with the Finnish club which will see Brooklyn Lyons-Foster depart on a free transfer.
Tottenham Hotspur U21 v Chelsea  U21: Premier League 2
Tottenham Hotspur U21 v Chelsea U21: Premier League 2 / Alex Morton/GettyImages

Spurs have completed some major business in the transfer market during recent months, and the latest episode of the saga will see Brooklyn Lyons-Foster depart on a free transfer for the Veikkausliiga.

The major story at Tottenham this season has been one of development. The squad is one of the youngest in the Premier League, and they've done substantial work to see to it that those youngsters come not only from across the world, but also internally. Youth academy prospects Jamie Donley and Alfie Dorrington are two such players who have factored into Spurs game-day lineups in multiple fixtures this season.

Jamie Donley, Timo Werner
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For other prospects, loan-spells have been the club's go-to strategy for ensuring playing time in order to increase experience for potential first team call-ups or, conversely, increase market value in order to garner higher transfer fees.

Currently, the team have thirteen players out on loan when including U-21 talents. Some of the most notable include Alejo Veliz (Sevilla), Ashley Phillips (Plymouth Argyle), and Troy Parrott (Excelsior Rotterdam) who has netted seven goals this season for the Eredivisie side.

The unfortunate reality of youth development programs, however, is that sometimes either club and player interests do not align, or one party ends up out-growing the other. In this case, it seems that there simply isn't any room for Lyons-Foster in North London, especially with the most recent purchase of Radu Dragusin and an investment in Ashley Phillips for the years soon to come.