Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster sign contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur
According to the club’s official website, youth academy prospects Malachi Fagan-Walcott, and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster have penned a contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur. As a result, both of them will stay with the club until the 2022-23 season following the renewal.
Fagan-Walcott made his first-team debut when he came on as a substitute against RB Leipzig in the second leg of the round of 16 tie on 10 March 2020. He also had a solid spell on loan with Dundee FC in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign.
As a right-footed centre-back, he has two goals to his name this season from 15 matches across all competitions. He has also helped his side to three clean sheets in the process. Lyons-Foster, on the other hand, has made it twice as a substitute on the bench for the first team in the UEFA Europa Conference League this campaign.
He has one goal to his name this season from 17 appearances this term with three clean sheets alongside it. Primarily a centre-back, he was mostly used as a defensive midfielder for the U-23s side this season.
What’s next for them?
The nature of this deal really casts doubt on their long term future with the North London side. After all, they were nearing the end of their contracts before this new offer was signed. Moreover, the one-year extension is usually associated with youngsters whom the club are looking to offload so as not to lose them on free transfers.
Tottenham would probably try to move the academy duo out on loan transfers and get a small sum in the process. That being said, you never know how the young prospects develop in the future as the path is not always linear.
Both of them could still make it with us, although they would need to show drastic improvements moving forward. They are not among the highly-rated prospects in the academy, but they still are solid choices in the current youth setup.
Perhaps a loan move would be best for them at this point in their career so that we can assess them in a better situation. After all, that would be the perfect step for the academy grads to take, considering first-team football is essential to make it in the future. There is no indication if that will happen- but it always remains a possibility with every young player, especially at a top club.
That opportunity would probably not arrive under Antonio Conte as it would be too big of a jump. As such, it would be wise to send them out on loans at competitive clubs where they can excel while having more challenges to face in their pathway. Let’s wait and see how their future would pan out with us moving forward.
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But for now, it comes as good news that we have tied down two youngsters to new deals. It is always wise for any club to focus on their future rather than just the present.