Tashan Oakley-Boothe posted an emotional farewell message on Twitter following his exit from Tottenham to Stoke City.
The English midfielder completed a move to Championship side Stoke on deadline day and has dropped down a division in search of first-team action.
He’s come through the academy ranks with Spurs as a youngster, but now made a permanent move away from North London.
His only first-team appearance for the club came back in 2017 during a Carabao Cup game against Barnsley, as Mauricio Pochettino handed him a late cameo.
The 19-year-old has been unable to force his way into the senior plans in recent times at Spurs and current boss Jose Mourinho has allowed him to depart.
Many expected the Under-17 World Cup winner to break into the first-team like previous academy stars Harry Winks and Harry Kane, but he’s going down a different path.
Oakley-Boothe sent a goodbye message on social media following his Spurs departure.
“Firstly I’d like to start by thanking Tottenham coaches, staff, fans and everyone that was there for me. It’s been a huge journey for the last 12 years full of ups and downs but ultimately enabled me to grow as a character. Tottenham will always have a place within my heart,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Oakley-Boothe has been unable to live up to his potential in a Spurs shirt, but a move to Stoke in the Championship should be a great platform for him to improve and he’s too talented to be stuck in youth teams any longer.
The central midfielder has been a regular in the Under-23s team, but his path to the first-team at Spurs has appeared blocked and he should now stand a great chance of playing regularly.
Stoke are a team that are just above the relegation spots in the Championship, but were Premier League regulars not too long ago.