There was not to be a fairytale ending to TJ Eyoma’s loan spell at Lincoln City after Blackpool emerged victorious in the League Playoffs final on a Sunday.
A regular with the Imps during the season under Michael Appleton, the Tottenham loaner had more than played his part in the club reaching Wembley after a 3-2 cumulative victory over Sunderland in the semi-finals.
Appointed center-back again for the showdown at the national stadium, the Lincolnshire club got off to the best possible start, taking the lead with less than a minute on the clock, before Kenny Dougall’s double on either side of the break clinched the promotion for the Mandarins.
It just wasn’t for Eyoma and the Imps in the end, but no one can take anything away from the defender after a terrific season on loan in League One.
While Tottenham have struggled in the past to pick the perfect club for their youngsters, the Lilywhites really couldn’t have made a better choice for Eyoma in terms of development.
Making 52 appearances in all competitions for Lincoln since September, including 34 League One starts, the 21-year-old will only improve for his time at LNER Stadium after spending extended periods at both right-back and at the central rear.
“I loved every minute. I developed as a player and played games both at right-back and center-back. I really feel like this season has been a good one for me, “he said football.london in an exclusive interview earlier in May.
“It helped me to be in the right positions. I feel like I can handle the ball and I’m pretty fit so I can play in the right-back role.”
“In the first part of the season, I played right-back, then towards the second part of the season, I played center-back.
“Both positions have really helped me and have seen me improve as a player overall.”
Now that his time in Lincolnshire is over, Eyoma will enjoy a well-deserved break before returning to Hotspur Way in the preseason as he intends to take the next step in his promising career.
Tottenham’s next manager will take a close look at all of his players ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and then decide if they stay with him, are loaned out or sold.
Involved for Tottenham on pre-season tours in the past after traveling to the United States in 2018 when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge, this is a time in the calendar where players at the club’s academy can truly try their luck with a host of first-team stars. generally unavailable after their international commitments.
Japhet Tanganga, whose Eyoma was once ahead in the pecking order in N17, seized the opportunity in the summer of 2019 and subsequently made his senior bow a few months later and is now part of the first team.
Eyoma will be hoping that will be very much the case for him this summer, as defense is an area of the pitch the new manager has to tackle due to the squad’s struggles in the background over the past two seasons. .
Potentially offering a nice surprise to the new boss this summer, Eyoma has made his 2021/22 preseason plans clear. football.london when in a hurry on the matter.
“Obviously being at Spurs in the preseason,” he said of his 2021/22 plans. “If they want me to go on loan again, I’m probably going to be loaned to a higher level, hopefully a championship team.”
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A number of Championship teams will no doubt be lining up to recruit the defender on loan if he is made available by Tottenham given the success of his year at Lincoln.
Already with a lone Spurs appearance to his name after Pochettino replaced him in the FA Cup third round victory over Tranmere Rovers in January 2019, Eyoma will aim to grab the attention of the next Tottenham manager from early July and to enter into his plans for the new term.
Seeking to bring in two center-backs and move a couple if possible before the summer deadline, the youngster could potentially help save Spurs a bit in the transfer market if he is to remain an alternate defense option in the next quarter. .
Opportunities may also be there for him in the Europa Conference League as well, but it will all depend on the thinking of the new man.
Highly rated at the club having signed a new three-year contract before his loan release last August, it could very well be a pivotal summer ahead in Eyoma’s young career.