Tottenham ‘insider’ John Wenham has admitted that he has been blown away by Charlie Sayers’ rise this season.
Sayers, who is a central defender by trade and can also fill in at left-back, joined the Spurs academy from Southend in December of last year.
The teenager, who made six first-team appearances for Southend in the National League during the opening few months of the season, has already captained Spurs’ Under-18s and made two appearances for the club’s Under-23s since arriving in N17 (Transfermarkt).
The teenager’s impressive displays saw him rewarded with his first professional contract back in March. Last week, the young defender was pictured training with Antonio Conte’s first team ahead of their clash against Arsenal.
Wenham admitted that Sayers’ rise has been quite dramatic and added that he believes the defender is ready to be loaned out next season.
He told Football Insider about the 18-year-old: “This is really rapid progress. We are talking about someone who was on the bench at Southend. He’s come in at Tottenham and in the first game, he played he was Under 18s captain.
“After three games he was moved up to the Under 23s. Then he signs his first professional deal which, in fairness, was probably a formality when he joined.
“He’s trained up with the first team now and I’ve seen a great image of him battling with Heung-Min Son, it’s a meteoric rise through the ranks.
“I think he is more likely one of the ones who will make it at Tottenham. He is also one who I would put out on loan next season.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The only way for Spurs to consistently compete with clubs like City and United, who have more resources than us, is to improve our scouting and ensure we snap up the best young talents from the lower leagues.
It looks like that is something that Fabio Paratici is prioritising and in Sayers, we seem to have got our hands on a gem who is a potential future first-team prospect.
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