Five Spurs youngsters that could make their senior debut during the 2017/18 season:
With pre season fast approaching, there’s no better time then now for me to compile a list of five of our talented academy players, who could make their senior debuts for Spurs during the 2017/18 campaign. The following players included are only those who have not been involved in a competitive game in Pochettino’s side hence, the absence of the highly rated Marcus Edwards who made his debut in last seasons league cup tie against Gillingham. With so many talented youngsters on our books it would be impossible for me to include all of those that could feature next season, so I have listed the five who I believe have the best chance of playing for our senior side during the upcoming campaign.
1. Kyle Walker-Peters: 20 year old full back Kyle Walker-Peters will be a very familiar name amongst the Spurs faithful. The right back who was part of England under 20’s recent World Cup triumph in South Korea, is in my opinion one of England’s best defensive prospects. The Edmonton born right back who’s praises I have sung highly over the past couple of seasons, is a dynamic player who can operate on either flank at wing back. Pacy, determined and incredibly skilful, Walker-Peters has all the raw attributes of a successful Pochettino player. Whilst I was surprised that Walker-Peters didn’t make his debut last season, he has already featured for Spurs in a couple of friendlies. He has also been named on the bench on a couple of occasions during competitive games for Spurs. With Kyle Walker’s immediate future uncertain, I’d be very surprised if next season was not Walker-Peters breakthrough season at he’s boyhood club. After already being promoted to train with the senior squad on a permanent basis last season, the young right back is without a doubt the most likeliest Spurs youngster to debut in the 2017/18 campaign. An article I wrote on Walker-Peters last season: https://superhotspur.com/2016/10/17/2241/
2. Samuel Shashoua: Another familiar name among Spurs fans is 18 year old forward Samuel Shashoua. Shashoua who was named on the bench for spurs’ penultimate league game of last season is an England youth international and was one of the standout performers for the under 18’s during last seasons successful campaign. With 15 goals and 11 assists, the West London born winger shone for John McDermott’s side, and was one of the key players behind their successful FA Youth cup run which saw them reach the semifinals of the prestigious youth competition. A creative force, Shashoua has the ability to change the complexion of a game, with his razor sharp creativity, skill and understanding of the game, he showed throughout the season what a phenomenal talent he is. Whilst next season will be about establishing himself in the under 23’s side for which he has only featured on a handful of occasions, his chances of playing for the first team are by no means far fetched. With an excellent work ethic and attitude, I could see him being involved in one of the early rounds of the domestic cup competitions. You can read my article on Shashoua here: https://superhotspur.com/2017/01/19/samuel-shashoua-a-bright-future/
3. Luke Amos: The box to box midfielder who turns 21 next February spent the second half of last season on loan with league one outfit Southend United. Whilst his appearances for the Seasiders were few and far between, Amos gained vital experience and impressed boss Phil Brown. A tenacious and promising youngster, Amos has previously represented England at youth team level, a mainstay in the development squad over the past couple of seasons I have seen Amos put in some really impressive performances in the midfield. Whilst I wouldn’t be surprised to see him head out on loan again next season, I feel as if Lesniak’s departure will boost the chances of the tidy midfielder making the first team fold. Amos has previously played for Spurs in a handful of friendlies, with the most recent of which coming last May in Hong Kong.
4. Kazaiah Sterling: The powerful 19 year old striker Kazaiah Sterling was a player that impressed over the course of last season. Despite missing an early part of the season through injury, Sterling scored on 12 occasions for the under 18’s and on two occasions for the under 23’s. His fine form saw him earn a place in the post season friendly match in Hong Kong, with the striker making a dream debut after scoring on his debut. A player who Pochettino has spoken highly about in the past, the former Leyton Orient man is one of our best striking prospects. Instinctive and clinical Sterling could do more than challenge for a place on the bench over the coming season.
5. Nick Tsaroulla: The speedy left back had a massive impact on our under 18’s side during the 2016/17 season. A player in the mould of Danny Rose, Tsaroulla had an excellent season last term putting in a string of sensational performances at full back. The Bristol born flying full back fits right into our style of play, rapid over 10 metres Tsaroulla possesses great close ball control and agility. He’s not just impressive going forward, he is also talented defensively and is not afraid of making a lunging challenge. Whilst it is quite unlikely that Tsaroulla will feature over Rose or Davies next season, if an injury crisis were to come about then I’m sure Tsaroulla would find himself in the first team fold.
Cambridge United pre season match: Our under 23’s first public game of next season comes next month in Cambridge as we take on Cambridge United in a testimonial match for the league two sides Josh Coulson on July 21st. The friendly game which takes place at the Abbey stadium, will provide our development squad with an important test against an established league 2 side, it could also come in useful if we go on to appear in next seasons Checkatrade trophy, an announcement on that should be made public in the coming weeks by the EFL. I will be reporting on our pre season friendly from the Abbey stadium next month. COYS