MARTIN Allen has called in a family favour to take another young player on loan from Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur.
Versatile defender Sam Cox swaps a position in Clive Allen's development squad at White Hart Lane for a place in cousin Martin's first team plans at Whaddon Road.
The 18-year-old is currently a first year professional with the Premier League pace setters having previously captained the Spurs under 16 side.
Edgware-born Cox is comfortable playing as a holding midfield player or in the centre or left side of the back four.
A gifted athlete, Cox was the Brent Cross-Country champion for four successive years and 800 metre champion for three successive years.
It is not the first time that Cheltenham boss Martin has called in a favour with his cousin Clive at Tottenham.
Last season, defender Yuri Berchiche and midfielder David Hutton joined on loan, with Hutton agreeing to remain with the club on a one-year contract on his release from the Lillywhites.
Meanwhile Allen has named his side for tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie with Torquay United.
The Cheltenham boss has made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Darlington on Saturday.
Despite originally giving a start to youngster Kyle Haines, Allen has now opted to give a senior debut to former Chelsea youngster Jordan Tabor.
Cheltenham Town: Brown; Diallo, Gallinagh, Townsend, Tabor; Watkins, Bird, Artus, Low; Denton, Richards.
Subs: Richardson, Haynes, Ridley, Hayles, Alsop.