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Five games in and Reo Griffiths is yet to feature for Lyon II after Tottenham Hotspur move

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Five games in and Reo Griffiths is yet to feature for Lyon II after Tottenham Hotspur move

The English frontman decided it was best for him to move abroad, leaving Tottenham for Lyon this summer.

This summer saw many of Tottenham Hotspur’s young English talents follow the popular trend of heading abroad to further their learning.

Noni Madueke headed to PSV Eindhoven, Keanan Bennetts joined Borussia Monchengladbach and Marcus Edwards headed to Dutch side Excelsior on loan.

Perhaps the most alarming departure was that of Reo Griffiths. The talented striker made headlines last season for his scoring antics. He netted 33 goals for the Tottenham under-18s and was being tipped as a wonderkid by the media.

However, he decided that Tottenham was not the best place to further his career. Instead, Griffiths decided to head to France. Despite rumoured offers from elsewhere in Europe, it was Lyon in Ligue 1 who got their hands on the player.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 16: Reo Griffiths of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his teams second goal of the game during the FA Youth Cup match between Bournemouth U18 and Tottenham Hotspur U18 at Vitality Stadium on January 16, 2018 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

At 18-years-old, he will no doubt be hoping to soon breakthrough into the Lyon first-team. For a while this summer, it looked like he might have to.

Lyon were struggling to keep hold of Nabil Fekir and were looking short in the striking department. Griffiths, might have been bumped up earlier.


However, that is now not the case. Lyon snapped up Moussa Dembele from Celtic on the final day of the transfer window in a £19.7 million deal. They also signed young talent Lenny Pintor from Stade Brestois.

Griffiths is therefore likely to spend this season with Lyon II, who play in the French fourth-tier.

The early signs, however, are not good. Lyon II have played five times this season. But Griffiths has not been in a matchday squad yet. The club have used several other front-men, including the very talented Yann Kitala, but Griffiths has not yet played.

Hopefully, his decision to leave Tottenham is justified, as it would be great to see a young talent from England make it in a foreign league.

But early signs are a reminder it is going to be tough for Griffiths to make his mark.

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