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Young stars, at Tottenham Hotspur


Tottenham have sold Iago Falque to Genoa, is there a case for promoting from the academy? Instead of wasting money and wages on foreign talent.

I would say yes. Tottenham have proved with Caulker, Kane and Carroll that we can produce very good players. In comparison to young talent which was brought into the club, examples of players who were young and bought in and didn’t show much, Taarbat(QPR), Dos Santos (Villarreal) and Kevin Prince Boateng(Schalke); Some could say they didn’t get the chances or that the manager didn’t show faith in the player, personally I would disagree and say they maybe didn’t show enough character or grit in training and that their performances were inconsistent.

Is the academy even good?

Yes, the FA has given Tottenham elite Category One status under the Premier League’s Elite Players Performance Plan (EPPP).
Fact is not enough players are promoted, attending alot of the reserve games and every time i have watched any of these players i have thought they’re ready for at least Europa League/ League cup which inturn would develop them and make the players ready for EPL.

Tom Carroll, Ryan Mason, Shaq Coulthirst, Harry Winks, Veljković are examples.

You can also see how good our academy is by the fact we released two youngsters and Liverpool signed both up within weeks of release, not only that most of the players we sell who have come from our academy play in the EPL.

Lee Barnard

Who is ready to make the leap?

Veljković: for me is far superior to Dawson and Kaboul for his age, there is a case for him to start cup matches minimum.

Tom Carroll/Mason: Unless we sell more of our midfield we may see more of our midfielder out on loan

Kane: is a very good player, but for me he lacks pace. Saying that his movement and hold up play is excellent.

Shaq Coulthirst: natural poacher, has the pace to play advance forward, he could be the next Defoe. Great movement,strength and excellent skill.

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