Tottenham ‘insider’ John Wenham has revealed that he is ‘really excited’ about youth goalkeeper Luca Gunter and believes he is the best in the country for his age group.
The 16-year-old was signed to a scholarship contract in the summer, but had to wait until October to make his debut for Tottenham’s Under-18 side having suffered an injury on international duty with England.
Gunter has since played each of the last four games in goal in the U18 Premier League, while he also started in the team that swept aside a tricky Ipswich outfit 5-1 in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.
Wenham, who keeps track of Tottenham’s prospects around the club’s youth system, has been pleased with Gunter’s development and is excited to see how he progresses further.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I’m really pleased to see him starting games again. He’s established himself as the top goalkeeper in the Under-18s. Of the two keepers we have at that level, he is the standout.
“I actually think he’s the best keeper for his age group in the country. That’s further backed up by the fact he is the England goalkeeper for that level as well.
“Hopefully he can carry on impressing this season and he can have another full season of Under-18 football next season.
“The season after that, he could do a year with the Under-23s. By that point, he will still only be 18. Then in 2023 or 2024, that is the prime time to get him out on loan.
“There is a long way to go before then so hopefully he keeps impressing at Hotspur Way. He’s one I’m really excited about.”
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Senior goalkeepers that come through a club’s youth system are often quite hard to come by but, hopefully, this can be the case with Gunter in the not too distant future.
At only 16, he has so much time left to develop, so he will have a few years in the Spurs youth system to go.
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