Tottenham forward Shayon Harrison has joined League Two side Yeovil until the end of the campaign, it was confirmed on Friday by the club’s official Twitter account.
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It’s the 19-year-old’s first temporary move away from the north London club after coming through the ranks with excellent grades.
However, it came as an element of surprise to the fans as his departure has only made the striking options thinner. With Vincent Janssen struggling to impress since moving in from AZ Alkmaar in the summer, there were clamours that Harrison should be given the nod as Kane’s deputy. Janssen is yet to score from open play, only for three successful penalties tarting up his record.
Meanwhile the England youth international was handed his senior debut earlier this season in the EFL Cup fixture against Liverpool in October. He replaced summer signing Georges-Kevin N’Koudou in the last seven minutes. That was somewhat a token of appreciation by Mauricio Pochettino as Harrison racked up 8 goals and 2 assists out of 15 appearances for the youth unit. The former Southampton boss clearly has immense faith in the youngster as he was brought to press conferences a number of times.
Before the move coming out of the blue, he was expected to feature for the upcoming FA Cup clash against Wycombe Wanderers but now faces a whole new challenge.
However, The Glovers are currently stumbling in the 16th position in the English fourth tier and have only tasted victory once in their last seven matches. Nevertheless, he needs to be a silver bullet to turn fortunes around from Darren Way’s side.
Despite immense praise from his parent club, the left-footed striker only has one year remaining on his current contract, therefore it’s either a make or break. At this pivotal part of his career, he walks a tightrope to convince the manager for a first team call-up or turn into a journeyman with series of loan spells until finding a place to call home. If he proves his worth in the difficult circumstances, his stock will see a higher growth and Tottenham Hotspur might be getting offers from other sides.
The Lilywhites boast a fair amount of depth to compete for the Premier League title as well as cup tournaments yet if Kane picks up an injury, they will be solely placing their hopes on Janssen once again. The Dutchman recently turned down a loan offer from Turkey giants Galatasaray according to his agent. Perhaps, if he had accepted the temporary move, Harrison should have remained next to Kane in the pecking order.
With plenty of young players performing like seasoned veterans under Pochettino’s tutelage, Harrison will be raring to return with an extra polished CV.