5 forgotten Tottenham Hotspur players still plying their trade in the lower leagues

We take a look at some of the players who didn’t make the grade at Spurs but who are still forging careers for themselves lower down the football ladder in England

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There have been hundreds of players who have passed through the doors at Tottenham Hotspur down the years.

The last decade has seen the club become top four regulars and even come close to lifting the Premier League, back in 2016.

Those high aspirations have meant plenty of turnover in terms of players leaving the club.

Each season that goes by sees a fresh cohort of players depart for pastures new. But failing to make it at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium does not necessarily have to signal the end of their careers.

Many go on to be a success elsewhere in the game.

Here, Mirror Sport takes a look at some of the players who failed to make the grade at Spurs but who are still playing at various levels of the EFL.

Which of these players, if any, should Spurs have held onto? Let us know in the comments section

Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll (right) is now at Ipswich Town

Carroll was a highly-rated midfielder who made his debut in 2011, in a Europa League clash against Hearts.

He would go on to become a semi-regular over the next few seasons. His stand-out campaign was the 2015-16 season when Spurs ran eventual champions Leicester close. Carroll played 19 league games that season.

But in January 2017 Spurs cashed in and sold him to Swansea City.

He was a regular for the Welsh side until their relegation in 2018. He was loaned out to Aston Villa before joining QPR on a permanent deal. But he was released in January 2021.

This summer, now aged 29, Carroll joined League One side Ipswich Town and has made just seven appearances so far.

Massimo Luongo

Massimo Luongo is a key part of the Sheffield Wednesday midfield

The Australian midfielder joined Tottenham in 2011 after impressing on trial.

His only senior outing for the club came in a League Cup tie at Stoke, where he came off the bench. He did make the bench for a Premier League game against Liverpool but was unused.

He then spent three separate spells away from Spurs on loan, at Ipswich and Swindon (twice).

In 2013 he signed permanently with the Robins and his final game with them was the 2015 League One play-off final, which Swindon lost 4-0 to Preston.

He then moved to QPR where he was a regular across four seasons in the Championship.

He joined Sheffield Wednesday in 2019 but has suffered with numerous injuries since arriving at Hillsborough. Aged 29, he’s now back fit and hoping to fire the side to League One promotion.

Jonathan Obika

Jonathan Obika was at St Mirren last season but has yet to feature for his new club Morecambe

Obika came through Spurs’ academy and was the club’s top scorer in 2007-08. He made his senior debut in a UEFA Cup tie against NEC Nijmegen in 2008 – one of four appearances he made for the club.

He was shipped out on loan numerous times by Spurs, joining Yeovil on four separate occasions and Charlton twice.

In 2014 he was finally released from the club and went on to join Swindon on a permanent basis. Three years in Wiltshire were followed by moves to Oxford and St Mirren.

Now 31, he joined Morecambe in the summer but is only just getting back to full fitness after a hamstring injury. He will be hoping to play some part when his current side visit Spurs in the FA Cup in January.

Josh Onomah

Joshua Onomah is hoping for another promotion with Fulham

Another to come through the academy, Onomah was highly-rated at Tottenham.

He would make his debut in 2015 in an FA Cup tie with Burnley. Midfielder Onomah would go on to make a total of 32 appearances for the club, scoring once in a League Cup tie.

He was loaned out twice. At Aston Villa he reached the play-off final where they lost to Fulham. His subsequent spell at Sheffield Wednesday was a damp squib as the Hillsborough club suffered a poor season.

In 2019 he moved to Fulham on the final day of the transfer window, in a deal that saw Ryan Sessegnon move in the opposite direction.

Onomah will be hoping to earn another promotion to the top flight with the Cottagers this season.

Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard is now looking for a regular run of games with Sunderland, after an injury-hit few years

Winger Pritchard was another player who was loaned out numerous times by Spurs before earning his debut.

That came on the final day of the 2013-14 season as a late sub in a home win over Aston Villa.

He then enjoyed a hugely productive spell at Brentford, helping them reach the Championship semi-finals before a disaster loan spell at West Brom the season after.

Spurs sold Pritchard to Championship side Norwich for a fee of around £8m in 2016. He spent two years there before top flight side Huddersfield signed him. He spent four years in West Yorkshire before joining Sunderland this summer. He scored his second goal for the club in Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Morecambe.

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