New Tottenham youth signing Tyrell Ashcroft was backed to have a ‘big future’ ahead of him by former Reading manager Veljko Paunovic. 

Spurs confirmed the acquisition of 17-year-old Ashcroft last week alongside Irish goalkeeper Josh Keeley, who are both expected to link up with the club’s Under-21 outfit for the new season. 

Berkshire Live claim the versatile defender was one of several youth players to have been offered fresh terms by Reading, although he opted for a move to the Premier League club instead. 

A regular in the Royals’ Under-23 side, Ashcroft broke through to the first team last season and managed to make his debut against Millwall in November (Transfermarkt).

While Spurs will be hoping a similar breakthrough can be made for them, there will be undoubted disappointment at Reading after losing an academy graduate tipped for a promising career. 

Former manager Paunovic, who left Reading in February, previously heaped plenty of praise on Ashcroft and predicted him to be a top asset going forward after his breakthrough last term. 

He told Berskire Live last year: “He is a fantastic lad, young, confident and has quality. He has an engine and is a very intelligent kid, so he has it all.

“I think he has a big future for our club. He is a big asset so we have to keep nourishing his talent and provide him with the best possible support so he can keep growing.”

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Ashcroft seemed to be pretty highly rated at Reading and it looks as though Spurs have picked up a very promising player this summer. 

Hopefully, he will be able to keep his upward trajectory going with the Spurs youth team, which has produced some excellent talent over the years. 

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