Academy graduate believes missed chance on debut may have cost him Spurs future

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been known for bringing through some amazing Premier League players from their academy system in recent years, many of whom have gone on to forge long careers and even play for their countries.

Of course, Harry Kane is and forever will be one of the prime examples of the talent within the youth ranks at Spurs, reinforced by his fellow first-team Harry, Winks.

However, the likes of Andros Townsend, Jake Livermore, and Ryan Mason all also came through the Tottenham academy and later went on to play for England. Nabil Bentaleb, who recently made a Premier League return, went on to play for Algeria too.

Despite these success stories, there are always those who don’t quite make the grade and Shayon Harrison is, unfortunately, one of those.

Given his big chance against Liverpool in a League Cup fixture in 2016, Harrison failed to convert a key opportunity at 2-1 down to become an instant hero.

He believes that he may have seen more game time come his way if he’d buried the chance, but instead, he never appeared for the club again.

He said (Planet Football): “As the ball rolled into the goalkeeper’s hands, it hit me just how much of an opportunity that chance had been. I don’t regret it, but it is something I will not forget for a long, long time.

“I do believe, had I scored, I would have had more chances in the first team at Tottenham because you look at the players who made an impact on their debut, such as Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.

“The sky is now the limit for those boys. But I try not to dwell on it too much as I am now taking a different pathway.”

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