Dennis Cirkin is edging closer to leaving Tottenham and joining Sunderland, according to Alasdair Gold.
The Football London journalist shared that Cirkin was offered a new contract by Tottenham, but he has opted to leave the club on a permanent basis instead.
Given that Cirkin is playing behind Sergio Reguilon, Ryan Sessegnon and Ben Davies at left-back, it’s going to be pretty difficult for him to break through ahead of the trio.
Not only are three quality players ahead of the 19-year-old, but the youngest of them all is Davies at 28, so he’s fighting both quality and time.
Gold shared that he understands Cirkin’s decision, as he shared what he is being told about his situation.
“Dennis Cirkin looks like he’s going to move on permanently, which is a sad one,” said Gold. “It looks like Sunderland are maybe going to get him.
“A lot of people will be saying ‘what, why is he going?’. But it sounds like, from what I am told, that he didn’t want to take up the offer of the new deal that was on the table from Tottenham.
“He’s looking to make it elsewhere as a first-team player. I can understand his pathway is somewhat blocked.
“You have got Reguilon, Sessegnon, Davies and Tanganga can play there.”
Sunderland may well be in League One, but from all the teams in England’s third-tier, no one probably has more expectations and pressure on their shoulders than the Black Cats.
Plus, as plenty of players have proven before, from Harry Kane to Jamie Vardy, plying your trade in England’s lower league can be the making of you.
And whilst Cirkin seemingly turning down a Tottenham contract would have been a tough call to make, it’s the minutes that he needs in his tank right now to progress his career.
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