June 15, 2024

According to the Daily Mail, Jude Soonsup-Bell turned down a move to Manchester City in favor of a move to Tottenham on transfer deadline day.

While the arrival of Pedro Porro at Tottenham Hotspur made headlines on deadline day, the North London club also managed to strengthen their academy ranks by signing Soonsup-Bell from Chelsea.

This season, the 19-year-old centre-forward has appeared seven times for the Blues in Premier League 2, scoring twice and assisting once (Transfermarkt).

According to the Mail, Soonsup-Bell felt that his path to the first team at Chelsea was obstructed, which is why he wanted to leave.

According to the report, the teenager’s departure from the West London club had long been planned, and he was adamant about leaving in January.

According to the publication, while there is no fee involved in the transfer, Chelsea has a sell-on clause for Soonsup-Bell. Furthermore, it has been revealed that the youngster turned down an offer from Manchester City as well as several other offers from abroad in order to join Spurs.

If Soonsup-main Bell’s motivation for joining Spurs was to have a clearer path to the first team, the move was arguably not a wise one on his part.

Tottenham have a poor track record of promoting academy players to the first team in recent years, and it is difficult to see that changing much under Conte.

Tanganga and Skipp are exceptions, but promising players such as Noni Madueke, Dilan Markanday, and Marcus Edwards have chosen to leave the North London club in order to have a clearer path to the first team.

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