Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino looks on from the sidelines

By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham have announced the departure of young midfielder Juan Pablo Gonzalez-Velasco in their list of academy players to be released this summer.

The north London club confirmed via their official Twitter account on Friday that they have let a number of their young prospects leave, including the likes of Velasco and Filip Lesniak, who even played in the first team at the back end of the last campaign.

It was the name of the two aforementioned that caught most by surprise given that Lesniak had been awarded a taste of first team football by Mauricio Pochettino in the 6-1 penultimate victory against Leicester, while he was also named on the bench for the 7-1 finale win against Hull.

Meanwhile, Velasco had only lasted one-year at Tottenham after Sky Sports reported that he ad moved to the Under-18s from the Brentford academy in the summer of 2016.

The 18-year-old midfielder never made a first team appearance for Spurs with each of his appearances coming at Under-18 level, where payed eight times in total.

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He has also been capped by Colombia at Under-17 level and he will now be looking for a move to a team where he can kick start his career again.

Football Insider verdict:

Last summer was a largely unsuccessful window for Tottenham and while Velasco wasn’t expected to make an immediate impact in the senior team many had hoped that he could be one for the future. The teenager obviously impressed Spurs scouts enough while at Brentford, but he has now struggled to re-show that form at a much bigger Premier League club. Now, Velasco’s name will be remembered alongside the likes of Moussa Sissoko’s and Vincent Janssen’s for a terrible summer window at the club.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans have reacted to reported interest in Mamadou Sakho.

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