Following the official announcement of the retained and released list by all Premier League clubs over the last fortnight, we now have 4 young Professional Goalkeepers at the club for next season.
I will go through what I expect to happen with each.
Luke McGee (21) – Named on the bench for us in Premier League home matches against Crystal Palace and Liverpool in August, 2016. Luke, then went out to gain first team ‘mens football’ with a loan to League 1 Peterborough. Luke excelled at the ABAX and was named Players Player of The Year. He has also become a penalty saving expert.
Posh’s Director of Football, Barry Fry said “I want to sign Luke on a free transfer, but I would give Spurs a huge sell-on fee. “It makes sense for us and I think it makes sense for Spurs as well as, good as Luke is, he is not near their first team and I understand they will be signing another goalkeeper soon anyway.” That position appears to have now changed with Fry saying this week that he has spoken to Levy and been told that we will not let him out until August at which point we will likely sell him. I believe the position of Luke rests solely upon whether or not we complete the signing of Pau Lopez.
Personally, I hope we pass on the opportunity to sign the Spaniard as I do not believe that he is that much better than Luke. Furthermore, McGee would qualify as a homegrown player in both our 25 man Premier League and Champions League squads. Luke is also close friends with several first team members including Davies and Alli.
Thomas Glover (19) – Australian U20 International, made 11 appearances for our 23’s last season conceding 26 Goals. Whilst he has youth on his side and is contracted until 30 June 2018, I am unsure as to the benefit of him continuing at Hotspur Way this season. Either a loan or permanent departure may be best for all parties.
Brandon Austin (18) – Made huge strides during 2016/17 season and even earned a call up to the USA U18’s squad. Impressed during our run to the FA Youth Cup Semi final. Made two appearances for the Development squad and would expect him to be battling for the number 1 jersey at that level next season.
Alfie Whiteman (18) – England U19 international and local lad, Whiteman appeared to play second fiddle to Austin for the u18’s last season. Albeit, still racking up 16 appearances across all levels including 2 for the Development Squad. A season long loan might be best for the vocal young stopper next season to continue his development.