Tottenham Hotspur have a number of promising young players within their academy ranks, and a few of them have really impressed me during pre-season too.
Pochettino was not afraid to give minutes to the youngsters this year, implying that he is more than happy to promote some if they prove they deserve it.
So, let’s take a look at the five academy players who should be given a more prominent role at Spurs this season:
Kyle Walker-Peters –
Although Walker-Peters has been a part of the first-team set-up for a while now, he has never been given enough minutes for me to truly consider him a first-team senior player. However, I believe that is about to change, as Pochettino will promote KWP to one of his two main right-backs. He has looked sharp in pre-season and deserves a chance to prove his worth.
Oliver Skipp –
Skipp has a breakthrough season last time out, but I believe his role will increase again this year. The 18-year-old looked like an established first-team professional in pre-season, playing well beyond his years. I am hoping he will enjoy a similar progression to Harry Winks over the next couple of seasons, perhaps ending up in a slightly more defensive role.
Troy Parrott –
What can you say about this boy? The 17-year-old striker was one of the most impressive attacking players on the pre-season tour and it beats me how he hasn’t yet scored a goal. With Harry Kane as the only out-and-out striker at the club, I can’t see how Parrott will not be utilised this season, and rightly so!
Japhet Tanganga –
Probably the biggest surprise package of the pre-season tour. Japhet Tanganga slotted in alongside the likes of Jan and Toby as if he had been playing with them for years. The 20-year-old barely put a foot wrong across all four matches, and I would like to see him act as the fourth-choice centre back this season if Foyth moves to right-back.
Alfie Whiteman –
Although we have seen little of this lad throughout pre-season, it is likely that he will be promoted to Tottenham’s third-choice keeper this year after Michel Vorm left the club. This seems like a wise move, as Spurs should always look to promote an academy player rather than shelling out for someone new, especially if they are only going to play a minor role.
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