Tottenham fans delivered mixed verdicts after the club announced that teenage goalkeeper Brandon Austin has agreed the terms of a new two-year contract.
Spurs announced on their official Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the academy product, 18, has signed a deal that runs until the summer of 2019.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 13, 2017
Austin’s deal is recognition of the progress he has made since joining the Tottenham youth set-up from Chelsea in his mid-teens.
The United States Under-18s international, who is the son of a professional basketball player, was a key man in Spurs’ run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals last season and has been promoted this season to the club’s Under-23s, making five appearances in Premier League 2.
Austin has also caught the eye of first-team manager Mauricio Pochettino and was one of seven players in last season’s academy who was called up to the senior squad for the pre-season tour of the US.
The three senior keepers at Spurs are skipper Hugo Lloris, deputy Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga, who made his debut in the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace before the international break.
Some Tottenham fans are excited at the potential of Austin and took to social media to give the deal the thumbs up, with one joking that left-back Danny Rose will approve, in reference to the international’s summer request for the club to sign names who he doesn’t have to Google.
However, others were less bowled over by a young goalkeeper agreeing new terms, with many claiming the announcement they really want to hear from the club is that contract rebel and key defender Toby Alderweireld has signed a new deal.
This Is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets:
Come on, you are telling me you don’t want to see Toby stay on and win us a title or something… I want Toby to resign instad of our 5th goalkeeper
— Will (@RealDGGHD) November 13, 2017
I don’t care. Give Toby a new contract.
— Eric (@EricYid) November 13, 2017
Some of you are so rude. Yes we want Toby’s contract to be sorted, but have respect for one of our starlets coming through. He must be a prospect to get a mention.
— Mickeyleon (@clayblack75) November 13, 2017
— Angela Cripps (@angelacripps) November 13, 2017
I reckon you’ve got approval from Danny Rose. Don’t want him to see unfamiliar faces at training ground and google about.
— Nazirul Fariq (@nazirulfariq) November 13, 2017
You misspelled “Toby Alderweireld” again.
— IMPEACH TRUMP also Nazis don’t belong on the Twits (@LOLtimore) November 13, 2017
No confirmation without Poch pose
— Sourjya Chowdhury (@sourjyac14) November 13, 2017