Mauricio Pochettino is well known for his desire to put faith in his young players and that looks unlikely to change in 2019 when the Premier League will again be a priority.
Alongside pressure in domestic and continental cup competitions, it would not be a surprise to see some of the club’s bright young players push on into the first team.
With six goals and six assists from 21 games this season, the Cyprus under 21 international is continuing to show his promise at under 23 level with impressive creativity.
A seemingly natural fit into the Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen role, Roles may well see himself called upon for cup competitions in 2019 after an impressive 2018.
The 19-year-old shotstopper may have plenty of options ahead of him, but with Austin rapidly progressing to don the captain’s armband for the under 23s despite his age, it would not be a surprise to see him involved with the first team soon.
Commanding in his box and an excellent distributor of the ball, should Michel Vorm depart then it seems likely that Austin will become the club’s third choice.
Having seen the likes of Oliver Skipp and Luke Amos graduate from the youth teams and make first team debuts, George Marsh is very much the man left behind, and at 20-years-old, his time may be running out.
The holding midfielder made the bench to face West Ham in the EFL Cup and may benefit from a kind FA Cup run if Mauricio Pochettino looks to rest his first team options.