Tom Carroll is heading back out on loan as Swansea City reached an agreement with Tottenham on a season-long deal for the midfielder.
The club announced the deal on its official site and noted it was still subject to international clearance before becoming official. That said, his expected arrival should prove an immediate boost to a midfield already dealing with injury woes: "The 22-year-old will bolster Garry Monk's options in central midfield at the Liberty, with injuries currently ruling out Leon Britton and Jay Fulton. Carroll will be available for selection for Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Burnley at the Liberty."
Carroll signed with Tottenham in 2010 after a successful stint with the Premier League side's youth academy. He's failed to earn consistent playing time, however, with just seven league appearances for Spurs since joining the first team.
Instead, he's gone out on a string of loans that includes stops with Leyton Orient, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers. He enjoyed moderate success with those clubs while also getting some time with England's youth international squads.
The Swansea move is different because he'll finally get a chance to prove what he can accomplish in the top division over the course of an entire campaign. Those previous stops represented at least a step down in the level of competition.
James Masters of CNN believes his talent will shine through with the Swans:
Carroll was hoping to impress new Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino enough during the preseason to keep his place. Alas, Paul Warburton of Get West London provided comments from the midfielder, who admitted another move was a distinct possibility:
I'm going back to Spurs and will try to impress preseason—and go from there. Being at Rangers has been a positive, and to go up at the end was the icing on the cake. But no player would just want to sit on the bench or in the stands. Everyone wants to play. I'll be back at Spurs and hopefully I can do it there. If not, then we'll see.
Now that his latest loan destination has been found, he's got a great chance to prove himself in the months ahead. He should get regular playing time with Swansea, which will give him an opportunity to impress Pochettino from afar.
Carroll is a talented midfielder with good vision and terrific passing ability. He needs to keep playing in order to continue his development, though. It didn't look like that was going to happen with Spurs, so he heads to Swansea with something to prove.
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