Making it at a club the size of Tottenham Hotspur is certainly no easy task. Even though youngsters do appear to get a chance at Spurs, plenty decide it is time to move on and plenty others have that decision made for them.
One such player was Ryan Loft. The 6 ft 3 ins striker was released by Tottenham Hotspur this summer, having never made a first-team appearance for the club.
The 20-year-old has spent time on loan at Braintree Town, Stevenage Borough and Exeter City and Spurs felt he was not set to improve significantly.
However, one other Premier League side must have seen something they liked. Leicester City decided they would make Loft an offer. The attacker joined the Foxes on a two-year deal this summer with the hope of still making it at this level.
He will surely be pleased with how things have started. Whilst four games in the U23 league have been fairly non-eventful, he had an excellent EFL Trophy game last week.
Leicester’s youngsters were 2-0 down to Joey Barton’s League One side Fleetwood Town when things turned around.
Loft scored in the 81st minute before bagging a late equaliser. He then had the added joy of scoring the winning penalty as Leicester took a bonus point from the tie.
Tottenham were fairly confident in letting go of Loft that they were doing the right thing. However, this fleeting moment of brilliance might show they were too hasty.
Loft will no doubt aim to show Tottenham he should never have been let go.