By Richard Parks
Reece Oxford has hailed Keanan Bennetts as a “very good player” as he prepares to join Borussia Mochengladbach from Tottenham.
Football Insider exclusively revealed on Tuesday that the left-winger, 19, is in advanced talks to join the side that finished ninth in this season’s Bundesliga and he has now completed a medical after a deal was agreed.
West Ham defender Oxford, who has had two spells on loan at Gladbach in 2017-18, is a big admirer of Bennetts and told the paper version of Bild, as quoted by Fussball Transfers, that his fellow teenager has a “strong left foot” and is “incredibly fast”.
Reece Oxford has praised Keanan Bennetts, who is set to sign for Borussia Monchengladbach from Tottenham, telling Bild: “Keanan is still a year younger than me, so I never played with him. But he has a strong left foot, is incredibly fast, a very good player.” #BMG #THFC #COYS
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Football Insider verdict:
Tottenham’s stance is that they are ‘comfortable’ with the departure of Bennetts. They shouldn’t be. Why would they be keen to get rid of their outstanding player in the Under-23s this season, the one who looks ready to be the next graduate of a prolific academy into the first team? Bennetts has caught the eye with his performances on the left flank, occasionally at left-back and usually in a more advanced attacking role, scoring nine goals and supplying eight assists in 32 games in all competitions for the Spurs development side this season. Many considered him ready to make the step up to Mauricio Pochettino’s seniors next season, but that will not now happen. As Oxford makes plain, Tottenham’s loss is Gladbach’s gain, and Bennetts has what it takes to challenge for a first-team spot at the Bundesliga club next season. Certainly, there is the offer of a quicker pathway to first-team football. Spurs have dropped the ball on this one.