Tottenham have been one of the biggest sources of English players to the top flight in the last couple of years with many of their academy players having made appearances in the Premier League.
But not all of the players have been able to make the grade at the club giving other Premier League sides the chance to sign some of the league’s most promising youngsters.
Cardiff City have gone and done just that as the reigning Championship winners have signed Steven Caulker from Spurs for a club record fee of £8m.
The England international had broken through into the first team at Tottenham which has obviously been enough to impress Bluebirds boss Malky McKay in breaking the bank for the 21 year old.
Since completing the move, Caulker has revealed his joy at becoming a part of the setup at the Cardiff City Stadium and looked forward at the prospect of regular first team football. These views were compounded in comments that the defender made to the BBC where he said: “I’m delighted to be here and excited for this fresh challenge. You get the sense of excitement from everybody at the club and I’m really looking forward to being part of it.”
By completing the move to Cardiff, it will become the second time Caulker has played in the Premier League for a Welsh team having spent a season on loan with Swansea during their first season in the top flight.
It was arguably this spell that established Caulker as a regular first team player in the Premier League where he notched up 26 appearances for The Swans as he helped them avoid relegation that season.
Since then, Caulker’s career has gone from strength to strength and played in 18 league games for Tottenham and scoring 2 goals in the process.
It’s this burgeoning form that even earned Caulker a call up to the England squad where he made his debut in a friendly against Sweden at the back end of 2012.
Cardiff’s new record signing is the 4th new arrival for the newly promoted side and also beat the previous £7.5m record set when fellow new signing Andreas Cornelius joined Cardiff at the start of July.
Caulker is arriving at Cardiff with fans having some expectations of him to perform which marks the sign of a player who is now entering into the prime of their career.