|Tom Carroll sold to Swansea City|
Youth product Tom Carroll has moved on to Swansea City where I as many do with him all the best. He can only improve playing regularly and will have no doubt learnt plenty under Mauricio Pochettino.
It is quite remarkable that we have basically sold Carroll for the same amount we paid for Dele Alli and as footballers they are worlds apart. It is just another example of Daniel Levy working the transfer market to our favour.
Tom Huddlestone £4.33m +£1.6m add-ons, Jake Livermore £5.95m +£2m add-ons, Ryan Mason £13.09m and Tom Carroll £4.5m +add-ons for a basic combined total of £27.87m, although if add-on criteria are met then even more. That of course, is not the complete list of academy players sold in recent years.
It is what our academy is for, not just to product the cream like Harry Winks for ourselves, but to create Premier League players and sell them at a healthy profit so the academy pays for itself. Carroll was never quite up to standard but he never complained knowing his role in the squad and is by all accounts a very nice lad.
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