Football FanCast columnist Jon Wotton wonders if supporters believe that scrapping reserve team football has proved a good thing for Spurs.
The decision by Spurs to scrap their reserve team citing that it would be in the young players best interests to sample first team football elsewhere, was met with contrasting views. Some saw the benefit of such a practice and felt the chance to play competitive football would prove more valuable than the rather mundane reserve fixtures, while others felt that it was important to maintain it as not only did it keep the second string in and around the first team, but it provided a vehicle for injured players to start their rehabilitation.
To be honest, like most things Tottenham, they have been on the money with all their decisions and the lack of reserve team football hasn't caused much of a problem in terms of players getting the games, as the club have been able to organise friendly matches at the drop of the hat, as predicted.
While my own personal view sees all the merits of the disbandment of the reserve team, my only fear is the reaction of the players when they return. Playing regular football, no matter what the level, is what they want to do and there are very few players I have seen, not only at Spurs, but other clubs as well, who are happy to then return back and be content with fighting for a place in the starting squad. While I'm sure the likes of Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend or Jonathan Obika may be happy to rejoin the ranks in the hope of making a breakthrough to the first squad, could the same be said of Jamie O'Hara for example, when he returns from Pompey; will he be getting itchy feet after having a regular taste for it on the South Coast? It is a potential double edged sword and time will tell whether the policy will have an adverse effect on the more senior loanees. Would Spurs be wise to bring the likes of O'Hara back in January before he gets too comfy?