Opinion: The five best players currently at Tottenham under the age of 18

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Dom Le Roy

With the current Tottenham crop continuing to struggle in North London, we wanted to take a look at what the future may bring from the U18s.

This list is made up of the most talented players who are within our youth set up.

5 – Yago Santiago

By far the least known person on this list, the seventeen-year-old from Spain moved to North London from the Celta Vigo’s academy for an unnamed fee in 2019.

He has contributed to 2 goals and 3 assists for the Under 18’s this year while also making an appearance for the Under 23’s in the Premier League 2 (Transfermarkt)

The youngster mostly plays in the middle of the park while also dabbling at right midfield and further up the field as a ten.

He will have to make a big impression to make his way to the first team but since he is only 17, he still has time to develop, thus securing his spot on this list.

4 – Dennis Cirkin

A well-known name for close followers of the club, the Irishman has made 5 appearances for the Under 23’s, assisting once.

He made a big impression on Jose Mourinho in the shortened pre-season this past summer having played in most of the games at left-back.

Being eighteen now, a loan spell is on the horizon for him next summer. His talent is boundless and could be our left-back of the future considering he has been in and around the first team for a year now.

One might think his spot at four is low for his talent level but the lack of first-team action is a key factor that all the others on this list have had.

3 – Malachi Fagan-Walcott

Some Spurs fans may have forgotten about the 18-year-old who made his first-team debut against RB Leipzig in the Champions League round of 16.

In that game, however, he picked up an injury that has kept him out since then and is just now coming back to full fitness. He played the full 90 in a 2-1 win against West Ham in the Premier League 2 and has since gone out on loan to Dundee FC.

Much like first-team regular Japhet Tanganga, Fagan-Walcott is a central defender by trade but can also play as a right-sided full-back.

Considering the fact that he must be talented enough to earn his debut in the Champions League Knockout Stage, he ranks above Denis Cirkin due to the first-team opportunities he has received.

2 – Alfie Devine

The Wigan academy player, Alfie Devine has blasted himself to the forefront of every Spurs fans’ mind as a result of his heroics in the FA Cup.

He came on at half time and scored on his first-team debut against Marine in the FA Cup third round.

Devine has made 14 total appearances across all levels of the academy scoring four and assisting 1. 

His rapid rise to the top of our academy, along with fellow 16-year-old, Dane Scarlett, has surely made Jose very excited about this crop of youngsters coming up.

He may either see a loan spell next season or a campaign that involves him being in and around the first-team squad. A future star for sure, one thing for certain is that Spurs have a talented kid on their hands.

1 – Dane Scarlett

Absolutely no surprises here with the 16-year-old first-year academy player.

He has scored 20 goals and assisted another 4 across the Under 18’s, the Under 23’s and the first team.

The youngster made his debut in the Europa League in November and has not looked back since.

The 16-year-old scored 5 goals in a 6-2 comeback win against Newport County in the FA Youth Cup and has been getting Spurs fans excited all season.

He even received recognition from Rising Ballers by winning the “Rising Baller of the Year Award” for 2020.

It is only a matter of time until he breaks onto the scene Wayne Rooney-esque and becomes an absolute superstar.

There has not been this much hype coming from a player in the academy in a very long time. Just don’t screw him up, Jose! 

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