Tottenham Hotspur have a decent record for bringing through young talent and rightly so. At the moment, the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp and Kyle Walker-Peters are all in the first-team picture.
But it does not always work out and that was the case for Anton Walkes.
After loan spells at Atlanta United and Portsmouth, he joined the latter permanently in the summer. The Daily Mail suggested the fee involved was in the £200,000 range.
It was a good move for the player who is now proving there is life after Tottenham Hotspur.
The versatile player started the season as the club’s starting right-back. He has since bounced in and out of a rotational Kenny Jackett outfit. But he has recently won his place back and put in a fine display against Norwich City in the FA Cup yesterday.
The right-back, who can also play in holding midfield, is now a crucial member of the Portsmouth squad who currently look odds-on to win promotion to the Championship.
That would be a fine achievement and for Walkes would justify his exit from Tottenham Hotspur.
He may not have made it at Spurs but the 21-year-old clearly has a fine career ahead of him in the Football League. Who knows? If Portsmouth keep up this trajectory, perhaps even the Premier League will beckon for the utility man once again.