When Tottenham Hotspur decided to sell Tom Carroll back in there were some fans of the club who were disappointed to see him go. Like Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend before him the academy product had found himself falling just short of the standard necessary to be a long-term fixture at Spurs.
He was sold in January 2017 to his former loan club Swansea City in a deal reported by the BBC to be in the region of £4.5 million.
Tottenham fans were said to see the youth product go, but overall the feeling was he would never quite be of the quality needed to play under Mauricio Pochettino.
For a while, it seemed Tottenham may have made something of an error. Carroll was excellent for Swansea in the second part of last season under the management of Paul Clement. He was a key member of the first-team for Swansea as they survived a relegation battle in the Premier League.
Some Tottenham fans were probably left wondering if the former England under-21 captain deserved more chances at White Hart Lane.
Now, however, it seems that Spurs made the right decision by letting Carroll go.
This season has been less than impressive from the 25-year-old. The midfielder has struggled to have an impact at the Liberty throughout 2017-18 and now, his side look doomed to suffer relegation on the final day of the Premier League season.
In fact, in recent times, he has often found himself out of the Swansea starting XI under the management of Carlos Carvalhal – who is to leave the club after their final game of the season.
Tottenham had plenty of patience with Carroll. He was with the club until he was 24-years-old but despite his obvious talents he simply did not have what was needed to make it at the club.
Letting him go would have been a tough call, as they would not have wanted to be stung by a resurgence in his career. However, this season has perhaps shown that Carroll never had the material needed to make it at Tottenham Hotspur.
Hopefully, he can thrive in the Championship next season and help Swansea back to the Premier League. No Tottenham fan would begrudge him that level of success.