Date: 10th September 2019 at 3:29pm
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Jack Roles joined Cambridge United on a short-term loan in August and has been a regular for the U’s this season. The 20-year-old finds himself on the periphery at Tottenham due to still competition for places and has sought regular football in the Football League instead. Roles has made four appearances for Cambridge, but he hasn’t started a game for three weeks.

The central-midfielder was given a full 90 minutes against Scunthorpe United (August 20), picked up 32 minutes against Oldham Athletic (August 24), played a full 90 minutes in the EFL Cup against Swansea City (August 28) and had 25 minutes against Port Vale (August 31). Roles missed Cambridge’s meeting with Forest Green Rovers (September 7) as he was in Cyprus’ squad against Kazakhstan a day earlier.

Roles has George Maris, Paul Lewis and Luke Hannant for competition but has been given appearances by Colin Calderwood nevertheless. With Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks and Eric Dier for competition in the Tottenham first-team, the 20-year-old has an uncertain future at his parent club.

Roles’ loan move at the Abbey Stadium runs until January 2020, so he has three-and-a-half months to put himself in the shop window for another side.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article

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