Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill has told the Stoke Sentinel that new midfielder Tashan Oalkey-Boothe rejected a long-term deal to remain at Tottenham Hotspur – in order to move to the Championship club in January.
Oakley-Boothe, 19, opted to end his spell at Tottenham in January and move to Championship side Stoke City – where has has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with O’Neill’s men. It is clear that he felt he would not get a chance at Spurs.
The England Under-18 international did make his senior debut for Spurs against Barnsley way back in September 2017 – coming on as a substitute in a 1-0 win. But since then, he has failed to play again for the club’s first team.
Instead, he has captained Tottenham’s second string on numerous occasions, clocking up 47 appearances at the base of the midfield. O’Neill has claimed that Spurs tabled him a new long-term deal, but he chose to join Stoke.
“Tashan had the option to stay at Tottenham long-term, there was a long-term contract on the table, but he saw this as the next step in his career,” O’Neill said over the weekend. “We were very pleased to get him – there was a lot of interest in him.”
TBR’s view – Has Mourinho arrival had an impact on Spurs youngsters?
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham’s teenagers could see a clear pathway into the first team. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Kyle Walker-Peters, Troy Parrott and more have been promoted into the senior side.
But could that have changed? Luis Binks is training at Montreal Impact, Jonathan Dinzeyi has joined QPR on trial while Oakley-Boothe has moved to Stoke – rejecting the chance to stay at Spurs.
It could be that they do not see any chance to break into the first team, with Mourinho in the dugout.