21-year-old, Brandon Austin, is set to leave Tottenham to join Danish side Viborg FF on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Austin, is a product of the club’s academy and the goalkeeper has been involved in the first team on a number of occasions this season but he has not had the chance to make his debut.
Hugo Lloris dislocated elbow, in which he sustained in the 3-0 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion at the start of October, has seen the 21-year-old being promoted. The promotion saw the youngster being seated on the substitutes’ bench for three games to provide cover for Paulo Gazzaniga.
Spurs, however made a move to re-sign Michel Vorm in wake of the World Cup winner’s injury. This still has seen Austin however back on the bench for a couple of games in November and December as the Dutchman sustained a calf injury in training.
With both Lloris and Vorm now back to full fitness, the youngster hopes of getting to start seems very slim. This has led to a decision by the club to send Austin away on loan for the remainder of the season so he can pick up some valuable first-team experience.
Alfie Whiteman, also gave fellow youngster providing cover for the experienced goalkeepers. Which means it was highly likely that one of the duo would move on during the January transfer window.
Austin, who recently penned a new contract with the club back in December, will be heading elsewhere and the move is subject to international clearance.
The 20-year-old has been travelling regularly in recent weeks and gaining first hand experience watching the first team matches as Tottenham’s 20th man. Austin is the third goalkeeper ready to come in should there be illness or injury.
Despite having yet to make his debut for Tottenham, Austin has received some accolades in his own rights as he got the call-up from Aidy Boothroyd to link up with the England U21 squad this month. Alongside the goalkeeper team-mate Oliver Skipp was also called.
This is not the first time the keeper would be called upon. The goalkeeper was called up to the England U21 squad for the very first time in October, before he got the nod again the following month for their next international games.
Although he did not get any pitch action for the national side, it was a big experience for the young Spurs stopper of how the England side work towards both a friendly and a competitive European qualifier.
Fun fact, he also holds dual nationality and appeared for the USA U18s before being called up for England U19s and now U21s.