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Tottenham’s decision to sell Luke McGee does not look like a mistake

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Tottenham’s decision to sell Luke McGee does not look like a mistake

The former Tottenham talent is now struggling to break back into the Portsmouth first-team.

When Tottenham Hotspur decided to move Luke McGee on in 2017 many fans felt it might be a mistake. The young stopper had demonstrated his potential during a successful loan spell at Peterborough United and many felt that Tottenham should have been grooming him for a long-term place among the first-team squad.

However, he instead signed a three-year contract at League One side Portsmouth. For a while, it seemed as though Tottenham may have made an error. McGee put in some great performances for Pompey.

With Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm advancing in years and declining in quality, McGee might have been a useful future member of the goalkeeping department.

However, that feeling will have passed after this year.

August 8th 2017, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales; Carabao Cup First Round; Cardiff City versus Portsmouth; Luke McGee of Portsmouth watches play in front of his goal (Photo by Paul Jenkins/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It all started when Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett effectively gave him a vote of no confidence in January. The Fratton Park boss brought former stopper Stephen Henderson to the club on loan from Nottingham Forest. He was immediately handed the number one spot and McGee was relegated to the bench.

 

That move did not work out, as a thigh injury on his second Pompey debut left Henderson out for the season.

But it was clear that Jackett did not trust McGee as his number one. This summer, Portsmouth snapped up Craig MacGillivray from Shrewsbury Town, where he had been back-up keeper for a season. To much surprise, he was handed the starting role at the start of the season. McGee has been reduced to a bench player in League One and the 23-year-old will surely be considering his future at the club after an uncomfortable few months.

As for Tottenham, they will feel comfortable that the departure of McGee will not come back to bite them.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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