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“Gives me a lot of drive”: 21-year-old ace out to prove Tottenham wrong for early release from academy

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Nick Tsaroulla is driven by the urge to prove Tottenham wrong for early release

Speaking to The Guardian, Crawley Town defender Nick Tsaroulla has claimed that he is motivated by the urge to prove Tottenham wrong for releasing him from the academy.

The 21-year-old had joined the Tottenham Hotspur youth academy at the age of 12 but was released by the club in 2018. This happened at a time when he was a regular for the club’s U18 outfit and had also made a few appearances for the reserve team.

A promising young defender at the time, Tsaroulla was involved in a car crash in July 2017. The young left-back picked up serious injuries, with doctors even saying that he was lucky to survive after the accident.

Nick Tsaroulla was released by Tottenham in 2018

Nick Tsaroulla was released by Tottenham in 2018

“It was head-on and, although his car was pretty much unscratched, mine was a mess. The doctor said that if I didn’t have my seatbelt on I would have died. Definitely. I would have been dead.”

The injuries he sustained meant that it took a long recovery time. And Tsaroulla insists that Tottenham helped him in every way possible with his treatment and recovery, but weren’t willing to give him time and released him in 2018.

“The injury just needed time and, unfortunately with football clubs, like Spurs, time goes against me. They did everything they could, they sent me to all the doctors but, unfortunately, they didn’t want to keep me. That gives me a lot of drive, though – Spurs. For me to prove them wrong.”

Tsaroulla scored as Crawley Town beat Leeds United in the FA Cup

Tsaroulla scored as Crawley Town beat Leeds United in the FA Cup

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Tsaroulla joined up with Brentford in 2019 and after a year, he moved to Crawley Town. The 21-year-old was on the scoresheet as the League Two outfit pulled off a huge upset to eliminate Leeds United from the FA Cup.

Things may haven’t gone as per plans for Tsaroulla at Tottenham. But, it is good to see him putting his injury problems behind doing well at Crawley.

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