Football.London’s Alasdair Gold was asked in a Q and A this week which Spurs youngsters he thought had the best chance of breaking into the first-team and his answer might surprise a few of the North London faithful.
Spurs have an exciting crop of youngsters coming through the academy ranks and Gold felt there are a handful who have the potential to push for a place in Jose Mourinho’s first team squad.
Unsurprisingly, he named Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dennis Cirikin in defence, as well as Harvey White and Jamie Bowden in midfield as exciting talents.
Speaking about the academy players, Gold said on his Youtube channel: “You say Malachi Fagan-Walcott come on against Leipzig. He’s a very talented young central defender.
“Dennis Cirkin we saw on the bench in the FA Cup game against Middlesbrough. He’s a very good left-back, he’s really stepped up.
“He hasn’t really played any U-23 football. He’s mostly played at U-18, U-19 level. He’s a very talented footballer.
“In terms of midfielders, you got Harvey White, Jamie Bowden – two very good central midfielders who actually work as a really good pair.”
However, it was winger J’Neil Bennett which Gold said he is most excited by.
His pick might surprise a few fans considering Bennett is not as highly regarded as the likes of Cirkin and Parrott but Gold raved about the tricky winger’s quality.
The youngster has had a great season for the U-18s, netting six goals and three assists in 10 appearances (transfermarkt.com).
Gold believes the 18-year-old will break into the Spurs first-team if his path is not blocked.
He said: “In more attacking areas, you’ve got J’Neil Bennett. I really like Bennett. He’s a really exciting, direct player that can score some cracking goals.
“He scored the first-ever goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and it was a beauty. A really curling lovely effort. Keep your eye out for him.
“I really hope his path isn’t blocked too much. If not get him out on loan.”
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The one issue with attacking players and wingers is that it is anybody’s guess how they effective they will be when they go up a level as the defenders get physically and technically stronger. I am personally most excited by Harvey White out of the current crop of youngsters coming through.
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